Regional Water Assessment Task Force ThinkTank Report

иконописJoin an interactive community meeting to help shape the greater Tucson region’s efforts to achieve a sustainable water future. This meetings will present the results of the <Regional Water Assessment Task Force ThinkTank Report>. The meeting will be held at the Tucson Association of Realtors building, 2445 N. Tucson Blvd., Tucson.

The report was the result of extensive computer-based in put from 64 ThinkTank participants. As a result of this input, four themes were identified: coordination-cooperation; sustainability; supply; and cost-pricing-funding. Moving these ideas into actionable categories, the Task Force recommended forming the following regional solution/strategy groups: 1) Supply, 2) Infrastructure, 3) Conservation/demand management and 4) reliability/ sustainability/aquifer health.

The taskforce members overseeing this process: Madeline Kiser, Community Water Coalition, Sharon Megdal, UA Water Resources Research Center, Mark Stratton, Southern Arizona Water Users Association, Vince Vasquez, Tucson Regional Water Coalition, and Claire Zucker, Pima Association of Governments. They coordinated a series of four Internet-based ThinkTank sessions in late 2010 to garner input and guidance on priority regional water issues and water management options from stakeholders throughout the Tucson Active Management Area.

Be prepared for some fireworks, however. The report and working groups are missing one gigantic piece: Priorities. Nowhere in the report or future plans is there any consideration of the key question – “What do we need our water for?” For that, you should come to the October Sustainable Tucson General Meeting on October 10 at Milagro Co-housing.

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