Seminar on Water Supply/Demand Imbalance in the Face of Climate Change

Aerial view of the Santa Cruz River (photo by Arizona Public Media staff)
Aerial view of the Santa Cruz River (photo by Arizona Public Media staff)

Presentation: Water Supply/Demand Imbalance in the Face of Climate Change – How will we prepare?

Lower Santa Cruz River Basin Study Map
Lower Santa Cruz River Basin Study Map

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Location: Water Resources Research Center Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave.), University of Arizona, Tucson

Speakers: Eve Halper, Natural Resources Specialist, Bureau of Reclamation, and Kathy Chavez, Water Policy Manager, Pima County

The overarching goal of the three-year Lower Santa Cruz River Basin Study is to identify where physical water resources are needed to mitigate climate change impacts and improve water reliability for the municipal, agricultural and environmental sectors in the Basin.  Basin Studies are collaborative studies cost-shared between the Bureau of Reclamation and non-Federal partners to evaluate the impacts of climate change and help ensure sustainable water supplies.

Study partners include the Southern Arizona Water Users Association, the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the University of Arizona, Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District, the Central Arizona Water Conservation District and the Pima Associations of Governments.  Throughout the process, the study will engage regional stakeholders, including those representing municipal, agricultural, environmental, industrial and tribal water providers and users.

Eve Halper is a Natural Resource Specialist for the Phoenix Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation.  She has overseen water resources studies throughout Southern Arizona, including the Sierra Vista Subwatershed and the Nogales and Green Valley areas.  Her study partners include the Upper Santa Cruz Providers and Users Group, the City of Nogales, the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Upper San Pedro Partnership.  Dr. Halper received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Geography with a minor in Remote Sensing in 2011.  Her research includes studies of the relationships between Tucson’s surface temperature, green spaces and residential water use. She also holds an M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Science from Manhattan College in New York.

Learn more about the Phoenix Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation on the Reclamation: Managing Water in the West website.

Kathleen Chavez Kathy Chavez develops, collaborates and implements water policy and advises on State and local water resource issues impacting Pima County. Ms Chavez contributes technical expertise on sustainable water resource planning efforts and leads the County’s Local Drought Impact Group to monitor drought conditions and recommend response actions. She collaborates with an interdepartmental team to inventory and recommend management and utilization of county-owned water assets and works with other county departments to optimize the use of reclaimed water at County facilities. Ms. Chavez is a civil engineering graduate of the University of Arizona and a registered professional engineer in Arizona.

The Water Resources Research Center offers remote access to Brown Bag Seminars via GoToWebinar. Check out the WRRC Brown Bag Seminars website announcement for details.

For more information on the Lower Santa Cruz River Basin Study see this pdf.

The Bureau of Reclamation shared the following press release about the study in July 2015: “Bureau of Reclamation Provides $1.5 Million for River Basin Studies about How to Meet Future Water Demands.”

Arizona Public Media also covers the story in “Federal Agency to Fund Water Resources Study.”



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