The Colorado River, Arizona, University Of Arizona discussed on Rosie on the House
Become known as you know, a focal point in Water, innovation, water technology, water, use water management, best practices and distribution. And that's really exciting toe have right here in our own backyard. Yes. The University of Arizona has more than 300 people who'd do some sort of research related to water, and as a matter of fact, there have been a couple of global rankings of universities. In various subjects and in water resource is Arizona has Frank right in the top, and it's a matter of fact, in the last Major ranking the University of Arizona Ray number one in I in water resource is So we have the center try to be a connector, focal point for some of the work that's being done in the University of Arizona and would try to get Information about that workout generally to the public and to policymakers and decision makers, steering our water policy and the best direction. Is there any current policies going on right now that the listeners should know about? Well, yes. Right at the moment. There are negotiations going on. About the Colorado River and excuse me and The Colorado River is a major source of water in central Arizona because of the as you've heard about the Central Arizona Project. And there are projected shortages of water on the Colorado River coming up in the next few years, and the states that rely on the water From that river have gotten together to try to figure out how to keep water in the river. How to divide the river in a fair way ever. And how to deal with the shortage. So there are already many, many rules in place about how to divide up the water of the river. But They're still needs to be agreement on what to do in the future about potential shortages caused by climate change. Caused by changes in water use along the river and the drought that we've been in for over 20 years now, and I don't know how long that's going to go on and a recall a recent case you probably know a lot more about this than I do, but The state of Utah was trying to build another siphoned out of the river out of Lake Powell. They would feed believe it's Saint George is the Yes ST George and all if I understand correctly, all Of the other states unanimously voted that down to prevent that from happening, many of them the other states in general, are certain that putting another straw in the river Is not a good idea, given current conditions. So I know that Utah has been trying to do that for many years. I know that that it's not a popular idea in the other states. And just a little background for the listeners. Their argument is, every state has a certain amount of acre feet. For water. They're allowed to extract from the river, Utah argues. They're not using all of theirs and that this is still titled to them. But we won't go off onto the political side of things. But that's just An example of the things that happen in real time. A zit relates to our water supply and Ravi suit one of the farthest south users of the water that comes to the Colorado River system, and there's even a certain amount that all of our the states have agreed. Still has to flow into Mexico. So it's it's between seven states of the South West and Mexico that all rely on this huge watershed. There zoom meetings, essentially where an expert in a particular topping comes and talks and answers questions for a large percentage of the time that they're there. We also have as you mentioned before our annual conference. For the first time we did virtually this year. We like to be able to get together and shake hands and catch up. But it went very well virtually and we did manage to expand our audience. Looking on the bright side. We have been able to reach more people with water information through our virtual outlets, and we're hoping that it continues to expand, even when we get to shake hands again. Or you can go to W r r si dot Arizona dot e. D u and they've got a number of different resource Is there there's events. There's the weekly email newsletter. The weekly Wave You can sign up for You consign it for the annual report that is going to be coming out in January. What's the What's this year's report on? Well way put out each year of publication called Arroyo, which focuses each year on a different topic. It covers one topic in some death, and it's written for the average person. Someone who is interested in water wants to learn about a specific topic, for example, this year. Our topic was based on the fact that this is the 40th anniversary of our landmark 1980 Groundwater Management Act. And so we take the opportunity to focus on what we've done in the past to manage water. What are issues are now And looking into the future. What can we do to ensure water sustainability for Arizona? This publication? Will be coming out as you said in January, and it will be available for free for download and get yourself signed up.