May 11, 2021
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. Arizona Project WET Director Kerry Schwartz is Retiring
  3. Externs 2021
  4. New Publication
  5. Clover Ball
  6. AZ 4-H Presents
  7. Open position at MCCE:  Associate Agent, 4-H Youth Development
  8. FAS Scientific Exchanges Program
  9. AmeriCorps 2021-2022
  10. ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

Water is often referred to as the “life blood” of the desert.  It is important for everyone in Arizona to be aware of our water supplies and the prospects for the future. 

As the population has grown in the desert Southwest, the demands on our water resources have increased substantially.  This has been exacerbated by two decades of drought and increasing average temperatures.  As a result, Arizona water supplies have become increasingly critical in terms of both short and long-term capacities. 

On 29 April, The Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) and the Central Arizona Project (CAP) conducted a briefing to provide an update on Arizona water supplies, specifically from the Colorado River to the CAP, which supports more than 80% of the Arizona population. The system-wide effort to stabilize the Lake Mead water supply with the 2019 Drought Contingency Plan (DCP) was reviewed, and it was noted that the DCP is working as intended to help forestall drops in the reservoir’s levels.

The DCP for the lower basin of the Colorado River, below Lake Powell, is a set of shortage-sharing agreements among the Lower Basin States of Arizona, California, and Nevada.  The DCP augments the 2007 shortage-sharing agreements put in place by the states who are dependent on the Colorado River.

The current projections indicate that Tier 1 reductions in water allocations, that are part of the DCP, will go into effect in 2022 because of the projected drop in the Lake Mead water level below the 1,075 ft. above sea level threshold (Figure 1).  This will result in Arizona reducing Colorado River water use by 512,000 acre-feet (AF), or 18% of Arizona’s total allocation of 2.8 AF.  The CAP water allocations will be reduced by 30%.  Under Tier 1 reductions, agriculture CAP water allocations will be reduced by 65%.  Municipal & industrial and tribal allocations will not be reduced under Tier 1 guidelines.

For additional information please refer to the ADWR, CAP, the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center websites:

Figure 1. Projected reductions in 2022 for CAP users after DCP mitigation.  Reference: Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) and the Central Arizona Project (CAP).
For reference to the status of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Phased Operational Plan and brief phase management descriptions, please refer to the following link:

Arizona Project WET Director Kerry Schwartz is Retiring

Kerry Schwartz, Associate Specialist and Director of Arizona Project WET will retire from the University of Arizona at the end of June 2021. Kerry started her position nearly 22 years ago, and worked tirelessly to create the Arizona Project WET Cooperative Extension water education program. Collaborating directly with Ed Martin and previous Maricopa County Directors, and Rick Gibson at Pinal County Extension, she established county specific programs and is currently partnering with Hattie Braun in Coconino County to establish a program. Arizona Project WET coordinators have the benefit of working together on a statewide team bringing synergy to program development.

The program has grown from having few financial resources and running a single Arizona Water Festival in 2000 to now having 35 different sponsors and delivering 26 water festival programs annually. Now delivered in 8 counties, the Arizona Water Festival is a statewide extension program success story! Working with county personnel, APW assists and trains volunteers to engage children from their own communities in learning about water.

Kerry’s experience as a geohydrologist kept APW content relevant and meaningful. She enjoyed and benefitted from her tenure with the Environmental Science Department and the Water Resources Research Center. APW learners grapple with the intricacies of interconnected surface water, groundwater, the hydrologic cycle, as well as climate change, water management, conservation, policy, and more.

In Kerry’s words, “stakeholder and objective driven programming, Arizona Cooperative Extension’s hallmark, were keys to building a successful and effective program.” Kerry is grateful for her 22 years in her dream job and looks forward to watching Arizona Project WET continue to grow and thrive as part of Cooperative Extension.

Please help get the word out about the Extension Manager position:

Externs 2021

This is a request for Summer 2021 "Externships in Sustainability" Project Proposals.

The overall purpose of the Externship Program is to create opportunities for University of Arizona students to bring their experience, skills and enthusiasm to their communities through innovative sustainability projects, by working directly with Extension agents throughout the state. At the same time, those students and Arizona’s communities become more aware of Cooperative Extension’s leadership role in applied research and innovation as it relates to sustainability. 

Project area ideas include but are not limited to: 
   1.     Rainwater Harvesting
   2.     Recycling
   3.     Composting
   4.     Community/School Gardens
   5.     Farmers’ Market Start-up or Management
   6.     Small-scale renewable energy installation
   7.     Energy efficiency retrofits

This is your opportunity to submit a sustainability project idea to the Team for your county that would employ a UA student as an extern for the project. The timeframe for extern projects runs from June to August.

If you are interested in an extern to implement a county sustainability project starting in the Summer of 2021:
   1.     Include your capacity to supervise a student as well as provide logistical support such as a
           desk, phone and computer
   2.     Describe your sustainability project idea.
   3.     Identify the community or facility in your area that would benefit from such a project.
   4.     Proposals should include a projected measurable impact of the extern’s activities based on
           project time-frame and project scope.
   5.     Proposals should be no more than 1000 words.

Interns are given a minimum wage stipend. A small pool of funds is available for project-related materials. Projects given preference for the 2021 cycle will be based on:
   1.       A county’s ability to recruit and support a UA student, preferably from their own community.
   2.       If applicable, past Externship performance and compliance with reporting/evaluation 
             requests and deadlines.
   3.       A project meeting the principles of sustainability, i.e. positive impacts on environmental,
             social AND economic systems.  

Please submit your project/extern ideas to Elizabeth Sparks, no later than Friday May 31st.

New Publication

First Detection of Pecan Bud Moth in Arizona
W. Eugene Hall, Joshua D. Sherman, Wendy Moore, Peter C. Ellsworth, Naomi Pier

The Pecan Bud Moth, a species of leaf roller moth, has recently been observed in southeastern Arizona pecan orchards. This is the first time growers have reported this pest and expressed concerns about potential impacts to the crop. This rapid communication is designed to provide what we know about this potential pest. Growers are encouraged to review this information with their pest control advisor to determine what action, if any, is required.

Clover Ball

The Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation proudly presents Arizona 4-H Clover Ball, an uplifting event of recognition and celebration in which we recognize our outstanding 4-H youth, volunteers, staff, and alumni. Each project, program, event, and positive youth experience is a culmination of the dedication and support of so many people in the 4-H community. This is a closed audience event and will be livestreamed for those who wish to attend from the comfort of their homes.

June 5, 2021  5:30 PM

For your free tickets:

AZ 4-H Present

Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation invites you to join us virtually at the conclusion of Arizona 4-H Summit for the celebratory showcase known as Arizona 4-H Presents. All 4-H members who participate in this year’s AZ 4-H Summit will partake in a problem-solving challenge to make their communities better. During the AZ 4-H Summit, small groups of participants will work collectively to identify an issue affecting their local community. They will then create a sustainable action plan to address the subject. On the last day of the Summit, selected participants will share their action plans to a broader audience via livestream. 

After the presentations, we will hear from our celebrity speaker Lazarus Lynch, a stellar 4-H alum who discovered his passion for cooking at a young age. His fun, charming, down-to-earth approach to cooking has connected him with thousands across the globe and continues to inspire the next generation of soulful cooks. As a young entrepreneur, author, musician, and multimedia host, Lazarus will share his inspiring journey and words of wisdom with the Arizona 4-H community.

This event will be open to those attending Arizona 4-H Summit and will be livestreamed online for those who wish to join virtually from the comfort of their homes.

June 9, 2021  1:00 PM
Register for your free tickets:

Open position at MCCE:  Associate Agent, 4-H Youth Development

Brief Description:  The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension seeks an exceptional individual to join our Maricopa County team to lead our 4-H Youth Development program.  This position is part of a dynamic team of professionals developing and delivering community outreach programs that provide research-based objective informal education. The incumbent will be required to create and implement positive youth development programming and is 100% responsible for 4-H program management. This position will provide leadership to grow a large, multi-layer, and complex volunteer organization that delivers high-quality youth development programming through a wide variety of content areas. This is a non-continuing Associate Agent position.  This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Youth Development or a related area and eight years of experience.  A Master’s degree is preferred. View Full Position Announcement.

FAS Scientific Exchanges Program

The FY21 Scientific Exchanges Program opportunities are now advertised, see attached.  We encourage all who are interested to apply and look forward to reviewing proposals.  FAS recommends institutions of higher education, specifically, the U.S. Land Grant Colleges and Universities collaborate on these limited opportunities.  The Land Grant College/University system is comprised of students, alumni, professors, agriculture specialists and deans that offer a wealth of agriculture knowledge and expertise.  Working together across the U.S. Land Grant College and University system can produce more comprehensive and robust proposals. 

When applying, please upload the required documents into EZFed Grants as well as send an email to the point of contact in the NOFO.  The due date for proposals is June 11, 2021.

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding this announcement, please contact Adam Carruthers (, International Program Specialist, Fellowship Programs, Global Programs at 202-690-4310.

AmeriCorps 2021-2022

Now Accepting- 2021-2022 AmeriCorps Service Site Applications: Would you like an AmeriCorps Member to assist with addressing your community programming and outreach needs?  Wildcat Corps is now accepting service site 2021-2022 grant year member requests for review.  Application deadline is May 28, 2021. 

An information session is scheduled for May 11th at 1:30 to answer questions about this process. 

To request an AmeriCorps UA Wildcat Corps Service Site application packet, contact Christina Lipin at   

Please Join us for the ALVSCE Perspectives on Diversity & Inclusion Series

Talkin’ Bout my Generation
Thursday, May 13th | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | ZOOM Only

This presentation will help you understand the diversity and benefits between the generations, develop an understanding of how to be inclusive with generations, and develop strategies for generational inclusivity in the workplace. Join us to learn how to harness the power of the generations.

Presenters: Evelyn Whitmer, Josh Sherman, Peter Hooper, Jan Groth, Rosie Stewart, Liza Quiñonez, Karla De La Cruz, and Martha Salcedo- University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Cochise & Santa Cruz Counties

Register for this Special Zoom Series:

Implicit Bias: What It Is & How to Address It
Wednesday, May 12th | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | ZOOM Only

This presentation will cover bias, in general, and different types of biases that may influence interactions. We will also discuss why disrupting bias is important for an organization. Finally, we review proven strategies to mitigate the effects of biases.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Michelle Ortiz is the Director for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. She received her PhD in Communication from The University of Arizona. In her current role, she develops and oversees trainings aimed at reducing the influence of implicit biases and promoting an inclusive climate.

Register for the Zoom Webinar for April and May’s speakers during Spring 2020: 

Brought to you by: the ALVSCE Diversity & Inclusion Council


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