November 13, 2018
Edition Topics

  1. Message from Dr. Silvertooth
  2. New Publication
  3. Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion
  4. WRRC Brown Bag
  5. WRRC Annual Conference

Jeff Silvertooth

Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director

 The Colorado River watershed (basin) has experienced an extended drought impacting regional water supplies and other resources that includes hydropower, recreation, and ecologic services. Since 2000, the Colorado River basin has experienced the lowest inflow in over 100 years of records.  As a result, reservoir storage in the Colorado River system has declined to nearly half capacity at this time. (1)

Based on Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Interim Guidelines from 2007, if Lake Mead's 1 January elevation is projected to be 1,075 feet above sea level or lower, based on an August BOR projection, a Lower Basin shortage condition would be declared, resulting in reduced water deliveries to Arizona, Nevada and Mexico.  Reductions in water deliveries grow more severe if levels in Lake Mead continue to decline. If Lake Mead drops below 1,025 feet above sea level, the Secretary of Interior may dictate further reductions/adjustments in water deliveries not presently identified in current rules and laws that govern the Colorado River. 

Under a 2004 settlement, the farmers in central Arizona accepted lower-priority Colorado River water in exchange for a water discount. As a result, agriculture in central Arizona will lose much of their allotment during cutbacks on the river.  Native American and urban stakeholders may also be negatively impacted by a shortage declaration. 

Efforts are currently underway among all Arizona stakeholders to develop a drought contingency plan (DCP) that will minimize the negative impacts of water shortage conditions.  The DCP objective is to make an agreement where stakeholders will share in the shortage.  If successful, the DCP would obviate the need for the Secretary to step in and dictate what happens.

Cooperative Extension (CE) personnel are working with stakeholder groups in Arizona who are working on the DCP.  The results of these efforts will have a great impact on the state and CE personnel will be working to assist in the communication and management needed.

*An acre-foot of water equals 325,851 gallons.


Note: A good article for reference:

“all the great values of this territory have ultimately to be measured to you in acre feet.”

         John Wesley Powell, speaking to the Montana legislative convention in Helena, August 1889.            In: Beyond the 100th Meridian. Wallace Stegner, 1953.

New Publication

Examining the Entrepreneurial Leadership Propensities of Extension Educators published in the October 2018 issue of Journal of Extension

Ashley Jeffers-Sample, Matthew M. Mars, Amber H. Rice, Robert M. Torres

Innovation and entrepreneurship are integral to the development and vitality of contemporary communities and economies. Accordingly, entrepreneurial leadership is directly relevant to the Extension education mission. Yet research examining the entrepreneurial leadership propensities of Extension educators is scant. We applied a survey design to analyze the entrepreneurial leadership propensities of Extension educators throughout Arizona using two constructs: innovation and entrepreneurial strategy. The data revealed modest levels of entrepreneurial leadership propensities across the sample. Recommendations aimed at enhancing the entrepreneurial leadership propensities of Extension educators are provided.

Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series

Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series brought to you by the Division of ALVSCE  Diversity and Inclusiveness Council and the Office of Inclusive Excellence
“Exploring Diversity in LGBQIA and Trans Identities” – Martie van der Voort, Campus Health

Martie will present terminology, current trends, minority oppression, areas of concern, questions and answers, and generally how to be more inclusive and allied with this fabulous community.

November 14, 2018 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, ENR2 Building Room 225, Lunch provided.

Register to attend via Zoom Webinar:

WRRC Brown Bag

Agrivoltaics: co-locating agriculture and photovoltaics to increase food and energy production while decreasing water use

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 / 12:00pm – 1:15pm

WRRC, Sol Resnick Conference Room, 350 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ

Greg Barron-Gafford, Associate Professor and Associate Director for the School of Geography & Development
The WRRC offers remote access to this Brown Bag. 

WRRC Annual Conference

Friday, February 1, 2019  7:30 am - 2:00 pm

Black Canyon Conference Center,   9440 N 25th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85021 

Registration for the 2019 WRRC Conference, Arizona Runs on Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions, is open. The conference will focus on how Arizona communities are addressing their water challenges through collaboration, conservation, market-based methods, long-term planning, and more. Because one size does not fit all, we are bringing together speakers from across the state to look at a variety of place-based approaches to securing sufficient water to meet current and future needs. Please join us!

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