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Innovative Stormwater Management: Resilience for Extreme Weather

Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Harry Cooper

  • Landscape Architecture & Water Conservation Branch Manager, Flood Control District of Maricopa County

Maggie Messerschmidt

  • Urban Conservation Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy

David Sampson

  • Research Scientist, Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University

Ray Quay

  • Moderator and Director of Stakeholder Relations, Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University

Traditionally, urban water utilities built and maintained “gray infrastructure” to manage stormwater. These facilities were designed to safely collect and remove stormwater runoff from city buildings, streets, and parking lots. However, recent extreme weather events suggest that storms are becoming more extreme and these structures may no longer be fail-safe...

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Building Resilience for Uncertain Water Futures

Decision Center for a Desert City
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Patricia Gober

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Research Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
  • Professor of Public Policy, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

Geographer Patricia Gober, the founding co-director of the Decision Center for Desert City, launches this year’s Water/Climate Briefings with a conversation about her newly released book, Building Resilience for Uncertain Water Futures. Gober will describe the existential threats facing global water systems: population growth and economic development, unsustainable use, environmental...

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DCDC Water/Climate Briefing: Public Perceptions of Urban Water Sustainability Transitions for the Colorado River Basin

Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Dave D. White

  • Professor, School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University
  • Director, Decision Center for a Desert City at Arizona State University

Abigail Sullivan

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Decision Center for a Desert City at Arizona State University

Cities dependent on Colorado River water, such as Phoenix, Denver, and Las Vegas, face significant sustainability challenges from population growth, land-use change, drought, and climate change impacts.

While researchers and policymakers increasingly call for societal transitions towards comprehensive urban water sustainability, much of the discussion has focused on management systems and...

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Graduate Student Research at Decision Center for a Desert City: Updates from the Center's Community of Graduate Scholars

Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
12 - 1:30 p.m.

Christine DeMyers

  • Moderator and 3rd Year PhD Student, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University

Veronica Horvath

  • 1st Year Master's Student, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Leah Jones

  • 2nd Year PhD Student, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

Krista Lawless

  • Graduating Master's Student, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University

Michael Steptoe

  • 1st Year PhD Student, School of Computing, Informatics, & Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University

Please join us for an annual update on research projects from DCDC’s graduate research assistants.

DCDC’s Community of Graduate Scholars is a year-long, one-credit course that gives our graduate research assistants an opportunity to gain skills and become leaders in transdisciplinary approaches to research, policy, and community engagement.

Students will present five-minute...

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DCDC Water/Climate Briefing: Water/Ways -- A Smithsonian Exhibition Touring Rural Arizona June 2018 - April 2020

Decision Center for a Desert City
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Samantha Anderson

  • Grants Manager, Arizona Humanities

Paul Hirt

  • State Scholar and Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University

Ray Quay

  • Director of Stakeholder Relations, Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University

Dave D. White

  • Moderator and Director, Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University

Water/Ways is a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program touring Arizona from June 2018-April 2020. The exhibition and companion programming features community water stories and examines water as an environmental and cultural element. The exhibition is designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations and will...

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Emerging Research of Land Use and Water Use Relationships

Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Maureen Hodgins

  • Research Manager, Water Research Foundation

Jim Holway

  • Director, Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, Lincoln Institute for Land Policy

Ray Quay

  • Director of Stakeholder Relations, ASU Decision Center for a Desert City

Dave D. White

  • Moderator and Director, ASU Decision Center for a Desert City

New initiatives and emerging collaborations

The relationship between land use and water use has not been a past focus of academic or professional research or policy development.

However, as academic and professional attention has been shifting to outdoor water demand, the relationship between land use and water use has gained more attention.

Recent...

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The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations in Water Management

Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Brian Betcher

  • General Manager, Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation & Drainage District

Scott Deeny

  • Arizona Water Program Lead, The Nature Conservancy

Abigail Sullivan

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Decision Center for a Desert City, ASU

Jill Ozarski

  • Program Officer – Environment, Colorado River Initiative, Walton Family Foundation

Francisco Zamora

  • Director, Colorado River Delta Program, Sonoran Institute

Ray Quay

  • Moderator and Director of Stakeholder Relations, Decision Center for a Desert City, ASU

Water management of the Colorado River Basin

Water management of the Colorado River Basin has involved a wide range of governmental institutions from local to federal.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are also playing an important role in water management of the Basin. NGOs range from representing agricultural water consumers, working...

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Dynamics and Driving Forces for Colorado River Water Demand

Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Jamie Campbell

  • Information Technology Analyst Programmer II, City of Phoenix Water Services Department

Margaret Garcia

  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, ASU

Cyrus Hester

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Decision Center for a Desert City and School of Sustainability, ASU

David Arthur Sampson

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Decision Center for a Desert City, ASU

Ray Quay

  • Moderator and Director of Stakeholder Relations, Decision Center for a Desert City, ASU

Institutional resilience for water supply and demand

Planning for sustainable water management involves working with a wide network of complex social and natural adaptive systems.

This network intersects around both supply and demand and a key aspect of sustainability is institutional resilience to keep supply and demand balanced over...

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Sustaining Indus Valley Cultures

Sustainability Series Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
12:00 - 1:15 p.m.

Vijay Paranjpye

  • Professor Emeritus, Development Economics and Environmental Science, University of Pune, India
  • Chairman, Gomukh Environmental Trust for Sustainable Development

Vijay Paranjpye's career has focused on social, economic and ecological impacts of development, water-resource planning. A keen mountaineer, he is deeply involved in advocacy and public interest litigation for nature conservation.

The Indus River Valley supplies water for one-third of the population living in Tibet (China), Pakistan, parts of Afghanistan,...

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Water Governance in Pernambuco, Brazil

Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Pedro Coli

  • Analyst, Integrated Water Resources Management, Inter-American Development Bank

Giuseppe Mascaro

  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University

Dave D. White

  • Professor, School of Community Resources and Development, Director, Decision Center for a Desert City, Arizona State University

Enrique Vivoni

  • Moderator and Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Arizona State University

A decision support system to inform integrated water resource management.

While there are common challenges in water management around the world, sustainability issues manifest themselves in specific ways in each region based on the local context.

In the State of Pernambuco, Brazil, there is nearly universal water supply...

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Arizona Native American Tribal Water Security

Decision Center for a Desert City
Thursday, February 2, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Bidtah Becker

  • Executive Director, Division of Natural Resources, Navajo Nation

Stephen Roe Lewis

  • Governor, Gila River Indian Community

Rebecca Tsosie

  • Regents Professor of Law, Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Arizona

Margaret Vick

  • Special Counsel for Water Resources for Colorado River Indian Tribes

Jacob Moore

  • Moderator, Assistant Vice President, Tribal Relations, Office of University Affairs, Arizona State University

Arizona is home to twenty-two Native American tribes located around the state.

With different geographical locations, water needs, and water supplies, these tribes have both similar and unique perspectives and challenges to water security.

The panelists, representing several different tribes and geographical areas of Arizona, will discuss challenges tribes face...

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How Much Water Does Arizona Need? A Conversation with John Fleck

Decision Center for a Desert City
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

John Fleck

  • Environmental Journalist
  • Director, New Mexico Water Resources Program
  • Professor of Practice in Water Policy and Governance, University of New Mexico

ASU's Future H2O, Kyl Center at Morrison Institute and Decision Center for a Desert City are pleased to welcome John Fleck to ASU. While news stories highlight the West’s continuing drought and the specter of reduced water supplies, all too often, another important development is overlooked: Demand for water has...

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Shared Water Challenges: Seeking Collaborative Solutions for the U.S. and Mexico

Decision Center for a Desert City
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.

Ted Bohn

  • Assistant Research Scientist, Decision Center for a Desert City

Hallie Eakin

  • Associate Professor, School of Sustainability

Nicole Klobas

  • Deputy Legal Counsel, Arizona Department of Water Resource

Francisco Zamora

  • Director, Colorado River Delta Program, Sonoran Institute

Ray Quay

  • Moderator and Research Professional, Decision Center for a Desert City


Agreements and Partnerships for Sustainable Water Use

From the Colorado River Delta to Mexico City, water challenges shared by the U.S. and Mexico have resulted in collaboration and research to find solutions.

Panelists will discuss the current state of water management in Mexico’s large urban areas, agreements and partnerships between the U.S...

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Leaving No One Behind: Challenges of Urban Water Governance in the Global South

Decision Center for a Desert City
Thursday, October 13, 2016
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Christina Culwick

  • Researcher, Gauteng City-Region Observatory, Johannesburg, South Africa

Pedro Jacobi

  • Professor, School of Education & the Graduate Program of Environmental Science, Institute of Energy & Environment, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Ajay Raghava

  • Deputy Director Climate Change, Division of Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change, Government of India

Rimjhim Aggarwal

  • Moderator and Associate Professor, School of Sustainability

Holistic approaches to urban water governance in Delhi, São Paulo, and Johannesburg.

The rapid pace of urbanization and population growth in cities of the Global South - within the current context of growing resource constraints, deeply embedded inequalities, and climate uncertainties - has posed new risks and vulnerabilities that call...

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Annual Keynote Event: Streaming Ahead: Unpacking Australia’s Urban Water Transition

Decision Center for a Desert City
Thursday, September 1, 2016
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Megan Farrelly, PhD

  • Senior Lecturer School of Social Sciences Project Leader CR Water Sensitive Cities | Monash Water for Livability Chair, International Working Group for Water Sensitive Urban Design Monash University, Australia

Global Drought and Water Shortage: Contemporary Australian Urban Water Practices

Confronted with rapidly growing populations, increasing climate stress, and uncertain supplies of natural resources, the livability of urban environs is seriously challenged.

Conventional, centralized, technical infrastructure systems, such as urban water and energy, are increasingly ill-equipped to meet these challenges,...

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