Water Resources Research Center Seminar: Conserve to Enhance, Municipal Water Conservation to Support Environmental Restoration


Conserve to Enhance: Voluntary Municipal Water Conservation to
Support Environmental Restoration

Sharon Megdal, Director, UA Water Resources Research Center
Joanna Bate, Graduate Research Assistant, WRRC

Thursday, April 3, 2008, 12:00 to 1:30 pm

Amidst growing demands for water in almost all water use sectors, innovative strategies are needed to meet water needs of the environment. How can we provide water to the environment? And how can we connect residential water conservation with the motivation to restore and enhance riparian areas?

With funding from the United States Bureau of Reclamation, the Water Resources Research Center has explored environmental enhancement efforts in Arizona.   With the assistance of former student Andrew Schwarz and many stakeholders, we have developed the “Conserve to Enhance” mechanism, which is designed to bring the environment to the table as a water customer. The voluntary mechanism connects municipal water conservation to the purchase of water supplies for environmental enhancement projects. Participants that reduce water use can pay for water they did not use, creating a fund to purchase water for environmental purposes  We also propose a simpler program as an alternative.  This stage of the project seeks to pilot the Conserve to Enhance mechanism. Sharon Megdal and research assistant Joanna Bate will share with us some of the background work for Conserve to Enhance and describe the opportunities for the future.

To find out more about the project, read the latest Arizona Water Resource Public Policy column, which can be accessed from http://www.ag.arizona.edu/AZWATER/columns.php.

All seminars are held at the Sol Resnick Conference Room, Water Resources Research Center, 350 N. Campbell Ave.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *