Archive for “Celebrate AZ Water” Category

HISTORY OF WATER IN THE VALLEY: BECOMING ONE OF THE FIRST FIVE

July 4, 2016

The story of water in the Salt River Valley began more than a thousand years ago, with a group of people we call the Hohokam. The Hohokam lived in the Valley from approximately A.D. 450 to 1450, and constructed a complex network of canals and laterals to support their agriculture. When the first American settlers arrived more than 400 years …

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CELEBRATE AZ WATER: GROUNDWATER DOCUMENTARY A GUIDE TO SOLVING TODAY’S WATER CHALLENGES

March 13, 2018

The desert cities in Central Arizona have withstood 22 years of ongoing drought without imposing emergency conservation measures, such as those California ordered in 2015. Much of the credit goes to a groundbreaking piece of legislation called the Arizona Groundwater Management Act. The 37-year-old law is responsible for Arizona’s reputation as a leader in water management. The true story of …

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Why Are We Still Using Flood Irrigation In The Desert?

April 26, 2020

Flood irrigation can be a surprising sight in a desert valley. Water comes pouring out of ditches, covering large parks, ball fields or yards in what looks like deep storm runoff. While the rest of us are using drip lines and sprinklers, this sort of watering is difficult to understand. Here are the facts about flood irrigation in the Valley. …

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CELEBRATE AZ WATER WITH US AT PATAGONIA LAKE

August 28, 2016

H. Dunn shared this photo of one of Arizona’s hidden treasures! Click to view larger photo. It has been said that when you arrive at Patagonia Lake, you won’t believe you’re in Arizona. Located in Patagonia Lake State Park, the lake was created by the damming of Sonoita Creek, and is habitat for bass, crappie, bluegill, and catfish. It is …

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CELEBRATE AZ WATER: #THINKWATER WITH ARIZONA HUMANITIES, ASU, AND THE SMITHSONIAN

May 3, 2018

Who owns water? What does the future of water look like in Arizona? Does water have a different meaning in Arizona than it does in other places? The answers to those questions are not easy and the details change depending on where you go across the state. Arizonans are invited to explore these issues at Water/Ways, a Smithsonian Museum on …

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Water Ways Exhibit, courtesy the Florida Humanities Council

Educational Resources Involving Water In Arizona For Home-Bound Students

June 24, 2020

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. We have found two online Arizona-centric sources that offer kid-level insight into the nature of the State’s water supplies, as well as some breathtaking depictions of …

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CELEBRATE AZ WATER WITH US AT WATSON LAKE!

May 11, 2015

S. James shared this photo where water and granite meet! Click to view a larger photo. Watson Lake, located outside of Prescott, AZ was created as a man-made lake and reservoir in the early 1900s when the Arizona Land and Irrigation Company built a dam on Granite Creek. The reservoir was purchased by the city of Prescott in 1997 to not …

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CELEBRATE AZ WATER: CONSERVATION ON THE AMAZING COLORADO RIVER

October 11, 2016

Video: Involving Young People in Colorado River Conservation This blog originally appeared on the Arizona Highways Web site on May 17, 2016. It is being reprinted with permission. An advocacy group hopes its new video, filmed on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, will help highlight the importance of getting young people involved in river ecology and conservation. What …

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CELEBRATE AZ WATER: GOODYEAR BRINE WETLAND PROJECT YIELDS MULTIPLE BENEFITS

June 5, 2018

The City of Goodyear, Arizona owns and operates the largest reverse osmosis (R/O) system dedicated to producing drinking water within Arizona. This system generates 4.5 million gallons per day (MGD) of R/O water. The downside to being able to produce this clean source of drinking water is that it also generates nearly 1.0 MGD of brine that is chemically impacting …

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Arizona Water Trivia, Facts, and Tips

July 14, 2020

We at Water – Use It Wisely often find ourselves rambling to family and friends about the importance of water conservation in Arizona. It occurred to us that we should share these facts and tips with everyone. After all, knowledge is power, right? Now you can share Arizona water trivia, facts, and tips with your own family and friends and …

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CELEBRATE AZ WATER WITH US AT VENTANA CANYON

April 14, 2015

T. Sansom shared a photo where water and saguaros meet! Click to view larger photo. Ventana Canyon is located in the lower range of the stunning Catalina Mountains in the Tucson area. Snowmelt from the Catalina’s or summer rains feed into creeks, pools, waterfalls, and even a delightful destination called the Maiden Pools. Although the creeks are dry much of the …

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CELEBRATE AZ WATER WITH US AT KNOLL LAKE

September 27, 2016

Knoll Lake, named for the small island in the middle of the lake, is located in the Blue Ridge Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest. This scenic lake is 108 miles east of Flagstaff and is an outdoor lover’s paradise. There are trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. There is also a campground; open late April to …

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