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16 January 2018   Leslie Hoy, CWAG

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Week of January 15, 2018

Registration opens for the Annual Conference of U of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center (WRRC). This year’s conference, titled “The Business of Water,” opens March 28. Please see that date below for more information.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

12:00 noon – Introduction to Prescott’s “WaterSmart: Drop by Drop” program, which the City’s Water Resource Management department describes as “an interactive education initiative addressing water supply and water conservation.” The introductory meeting will answer questions and provide the schedule and upcoming topics for the series; on the third Wednesday of each month the department will offer a presentation and factsheet highlighting a different topic. The City’s news release states, “The goal is to be an active, knowledgeable WaterSmart community.” Further information is available by contacting Leah Hubbard at the City of Prescott Water Resource Management at 928-777-1645.  Please also check the website at: http://www.prescott-az.gov/services/water/conservation.php?type=7  Location: Founders Suite at the Prescott Public Library, at 215 East Goodwin St.

12:00 noon-1:15 p.m. – U of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) hosts a Brown Bag Seminar/Webinar, “Agriculture in Arizona’s Economy: The Role of Modeling and Implications for Water Management, presented by George Frisvold, Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, U of Arizona. This presentation will highlight results of an input-output (I-O) modeling exercise measuring the contribution of Arizona’s agribusiness system to the state’s economy.  The agribusiness system includes crop and livestock industries as well as industries that supply and support on-farm production, food and fiber processing industries, and companies that market and distribute agricultural products. Through a combination of direct and multiplier effects, the agribusiness system contributed $23.3 billion in sales and more than 138,000 jobs to Arizona’s economy. Other I-O model results highlight unique features of Arizona agribusiness such as processed food manufacturing, high-value specialty crop production, livestock and dairy production (and supporting forage crop production), and the marketing and distribution of agricultural imports from Mexico.  The presentation also briefly discusses the potential of I-O models to measure economic impacts of water shortages on Arizona’s agribusiness and broader economy. For more information and to register for the webinar, please CLICK HERE . Meeting location: WRRC, Sol Resnick Meeting Room, 350 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

5:30 p.m. – (Council congregates at 5:00 p.m.) The Town of Prescott Valley Council Work Study Session will feature Item 4, a presentation titled Water Basics. The agenda (which gives no other information about the presentation) is available at http://pvaz.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=8&event_id=1341 . The meeting will also be broadcast on Public Access Channel 56.  LOCATION: Library Auditorium/Council Chambers 7401 E. Civic Circle Prescott Valley,

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

12:00 noon-1:15 p.m. – U of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) hosts a Brown Bag Seminar/Webinar, “New Techniques for Mapping Planted Versus Fallowed Croplands Using MODIS data,” presented by Cindy Wallace, Research Geographer, USGS Western Geographic Science Center (WGSC). An important metric to monitor for optimizing water use in agricultural areas is the amount of cropland left fallowed, or unplanted. Fallowed croplands are difficult to model because they have many expressions. WGSC researchers used 250-m, 8-day composite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data to develop an algorithm that can routinely map cropland status (planted or fallowed) with over 75% accuracies. The research is part of DOI’s WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) Program that is working to achieve a sustainable water strategy to meet the nation’s water needs. Timely and accurate knowledge of the extent of fallowing can provide decision makers with insights and knowledge to mitigate the impacts of drought and provide a scientific basis for effective management response. For more information and to register for the webinar, please CLICK HERE . Meeting location: WRRC, Sol Resnick Meeting Room, 350 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

12:00 noon-1:15 p.m. – U of Arizona's Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) hosts a Brown Bag Seminar/Webinar, “Scottsdale Water Campus: 20 Years of Sustainable Water Management,” presented by Brian K. Biesemeyer, Scottsdale Water Director. The Scottsdale Water Campus, a unique and technologically advanced facility, is the center of Scottsdale Water's Vision: Water Sustainability through Stewardship, Innovation and People. The campus started operations in 1998 and contains a water reclamation facility, an advanced water treatment facility, and a surface water treatment facility, along with more than 60 vadose zone wells and a water quality laboratory. Currently the facility is able to treat 20 million gallons a day of sewage through its reclamation facility and advanced water treatment facility for direct aquifer recharge and golf course irrigation. Additionally, the surface water treatment facility is capable of treating up to 70 million gallons a day of Central Arizona Project (Colorado River) water for drinking water purposes. To register for the webinar, please CLICK HERE The seminar location is WRRC, Sol Resnick Meeting Room, 350 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson.

12 noon-7:00 p.m. – Friends of the Verde River celebrates its 10th anniversary with an open house. The organization, which has been a leader in Verde River Valley conservation work for a decade now, invites the public to visit the new office. The celebration kicks off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon, courtesy of the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce. Visitors can stop in throughout the day to meet the new staff and learn about volunteer opportunities and the Friends’ programs. Capping off the event will be an evening reception from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., with presentations by board members and program managers. For more information about the organization’s work, please see https://verderiver.org/ Location: 115 S. Main Street, #A, Cottonwood.

Friday, January 26, 2018

10:00 a.m. – Meeting of the Governor’s Water Augmentation Council of the Arizona Department of Water Resources. An agenda will be posted on the ADWR website prior to the meeting. For more information, contact Martin Stiles, Water Resources Specialist, Water Planning Division, ADWR, (602) 771-4741 or mlstiles@azwater.gov Location: 3175 conference room, third floor, Arizona Department of Water Resources building, 1110 W. Washington St., Phoenix.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – CWAG monthly meeting. Presentation: “Granite Dells: A Threatened Community Resource.” Naturalist, artist, photographer, and Prescott College professor Walt Anderson will describe the wildlife and open space values of the riparian habitat along Granite Creek below the Watson Lake Dam and of the Peavine and Iron King Trails, which go through the heart of the Granite Dells. These trails and Granite Creek are threatened by proposed subdivision development and diversion of water from the streambed. Location: Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Davis Hall, 882 Sunset Avenue, Prescott (2 blocks behind True Value).

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Annual Conference of U of Arizona’s WRRC (Water Resources Research Center). This year’s topic: The Business of Water. The conference will explore the many facets of this topic, focusing on key questions such as: How will water exchanges, transfers, and market-based transactions figure into our water future? What is the role of the private sector, including public-private partnerships? What factors and forces influence what we pay for water. For information and updates over the next two months, visit https://wrrc.arizona.edu/news/wrrc-conference-2018-business-water . Location: the U of Arizona Student Union, Tucson.

NOTES:

The Friends of the Verde River announces the launch of their new website! Visit at www.verderiver.org .

The video of CWAG’s September 9 program, “CWAG Answers Your Water Questions,” is available at http://cwagaz.org/resources/video-archive/269-2017-09-09 .

You can view past CWAG meeting presentations on our website at http://www.cwagaz.org/videos .