Book of MAR Case Studies Published by UNESCO
UNESCO, an organization within the United Nations, recently published a book on Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR) that is freely available online. MANAGING AQUIFER RECHARGE: A Showcase for Resilience and Sustainability offers 28 real-life examples of MAR use in collaborative water resources management aimed at improving the quantity and quality of water supplies while buffering against drought and other emergencies. The cases show that people at all levels, from village to state, can incorporate MAR in the design of workable and sustainable solutions to their water supply challenges. All 28 examples were evaluated for their environmental and social sustainability using nine indicators specifically developed for this book, and economic cost-benefit ratios were also estimated. For one case study, WRRC Director Sharon B. Megdal joined co-author Kenneth Seasholes, manager of Central Arizona Project Resource Planning and Analysis, in describing the Arizona Water Banking Authority and the value of institutional support for MAR (Case Study 21). The case study shows “how a strong regulatory framework, coupled with public institutions and funding can help support the adoption of MAR on a large scale, and how MAR can achieve broad water management and public policy objectives.”
University of Arizona researchers Kathy Jacobs, Neha Gupta, Chris Castro, and Hsin-I Chang have been key contributors to the first comprehensive assessment of climate change effects on the Lower Santa Cruz River Basin (LSCRB).
The Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES),
As part of the WRRC’s Indigenous Water Dialogues, we are pleased to announce a special panel discussion of INHABITANTS: Indigenous Perspectives On Restoring Our World, as well as free screening for all event registrants.
The International Association of Hydrogeologists Commission on Managing Aquifer Recharge (IAH-MAR Commission) held a meeting and plenary session at ISMAR11 on the evening of April 12, 2022. In addition to electing a slate of officers, the session honored individuals who had contributed significantly to the organization’s mission.
The 2022 WRRC Conference, Arizona’s Agricultural Outlook: Water, Climate, and Sustainability, is quickly approaching.