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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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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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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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Through the Lens of Art: Water=Life Project Celebrates our Relationship with Water

October 31, 2019

As with many artistic processes, the preparation and development of the work are just as important as the finished product; it’s the learning and discovery along the way that brings the piece to fruition. With this work of art, in particular, the process has been intentional, collaborative, and generative. As the culminating art installation nears, the hope of the artists …

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Imagine A Day Without Water With Our Resident Vandweller

October 23, 2019

In celebration of Imagine A Day Without Water, we profiled Zack – a man who lives every day with hardly any water. Zack lives in a van. While Zack’s van is not down by the river, his lifestyle provides a great lesson on water conservation and the impact of living minimally. Zack became a vandweller in July 2019 as a …

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Celebrate AZ Water: Outdoor Recreation Along Arizona’s Waterways is a $13.5 Billion Industry

June 25, 2019

According to a new study, outdoor recreation along Arizona’s waterways is a $13.5 billion industry, ranking higher than golf and mining. Arizona’s waterways, enjoyed by more than 1.5 million residents each year, contribute $13.5 billion to the state’s economy and support 114,000 jobs, according to a new report released by Audubon Arizona. The study was completed with guidance from business, …

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Celebrate AZ Water: American Wetlands Month

May 24, 2019

This month, we are celebrating American Wetlands Month! When you think of wetlands you might think of marshlands like the Louisiana Delta or the Florida Everglades. What might surprise you is that we do have wetlands in the Arizona desert. Some are natural and some are manmade. What is a Wetland? Wetlands are areas where water covers the soil or …

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Celebrate AZ Water: April is Water Awareness Month

April 2, 2019

There is no other natural resource as important to us in Arizona as water! That’s why this essential and precious resource was recognized by Arizona’s governor in 2008 with an Executive Order that designates April as Water Awareness Month. Now in its eleventh year, April is the time that Arizonans are encouraged to focus their attention on ideas, tips, resources, …

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Celebrate AZ Water: Wetlands – The Buffer Zone Between Life and Loss

March 26, 2019

Squeals of delight can always be heard from eager students attending any of the numerous riparian field trips Arizona Project WET holds every year. Whether empowered with simple collection devices they’ve created themselves or armed with sophisticated water sampling technology, these intrepid students poke, prod, and ponder the unique mysteries only wetlands hold. In the process, they become keenly aware …

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Celebrate AZ Water: Tempe Town Lake – Making Waves in the Desert

February 19, 2019

Tempe Town Lake is Arizona’s second-most visited public attraction. More than 2.4 million people spend time at Town Lake each year. The more than 2-mile long lake was created by damming a portion of the dry Salt River and adding water. Today, the lake continues to act like a river to convey rainwater and snow run-off by lowering the dam …

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Celebrate AZ Water: Bringing Water Back to Tucson’s Birthplace – the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project

January 22, 2019

Some 4,000 years ago, ancestors of the Hohokam people settled at the base of (what is now known as) Tucson’s A Mountain on the banks of the Santa Cruz river. At that time, the river flowed year-round and supported lush woodlands of cottonwood, willow, and mesquite. These people created an extensive system of irrigation canals, supporting an agricultural society that lasted thousands of years. …

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Celebrate AZ Water – New Arizona Prize: Mesa (And You) Win the Water Public Art Challenge

December 26, 2018

A piece of sculpture at a public intersection was once considered public art. Things have changed. Public art has become more of an event, such as a community mural designed and painted through a partnership between an artist and neighbors. The City of Mesa has taken this idea to sophisticated levels. It is a city that knows how to pair artists …

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