The jet stream position that is now ushering gales of hot, dry air right where it is needed least – into drought-wracked northern California – is not a particularly unusual feature at this time of year.
In many respects, the Arizona Water Blueprint – a data-rich, interactive map of Arizona’s water resources and infrastructure created by the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University – could not have been rolled out at a better time.
A part of a sewer system serving the towns of Nogales on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border – would fail, often resulting in millions of gallons of untreated wastewater getting dumped into a system of tributaries that feed the Santa Cruz River.
When it comes to finding worthwhile material for keeping the young ones occupied during these long weeks of sheltering in place, the need remains great even as the stack of interesting, educational options dwindles.
A public celebration of Arizona’s water professionals scheduled for April 13 at the State Capitol has been cancelled, just as nearly every other public gathering nationwide has been cancelled this spring, a result of efforts to stem the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
On a mission to reassure Arizonans that their tap water is secure in these unsettled times, a group of agencies including ADWR and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has released an informational statement observing that “Arizona’s water supplies remain safe and resilient."
In this data-heavy “Age of Information” in which we live, agencies like the Arizona Department of Water Resources constantly struggle with how to make information we collect more easily available to the public.