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September 12, 2022
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The Dirt: Where is the Navajo Water?

One-third of Navajo Nation homes lack plumbing for household drinking water. Instead, they rely on other groundwater sources – both regulated and not – for everything from livestock watering and agriculture to domestic use. For these reasons, access to reliable water quality information is critical.
To help solve this problem, researchers at the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, University of New Mexico, University of California, Montana State University, Southwest Research and Information Center, and the Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources (NNDWR) developed the Navajo WaterGIS, an online portal that compiles a database of water quality measurements from groundwater wells on the Navajo Nation.
According to Dr. Crystal Tulley Cordova, Principal Hydrologist of the NNDWR, the portal is "an accessible and interactive tool available to help Navajo Nation water managers better understand the water quality of unregulated water sources."
The portal gives users information about contaminated wells and abandoned uranium mines in the Navajo Nation. Randy Akee, Associate Professor of the Department of Public Policy and Chair of American Indian Studies at the University of California – Los Angeles, observed that the research effort is "an amazing display of Indigenous Data Sovereignty in practice.... Water is a precious resource and making data more readily accessible is a powerful tool for tribal citizens, leaders, and health officials.”
Learn more, and explore the Navajo WaterGIS.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars, and don't forget to register!

Monday, September 12

Water Resources Research Center Webinar
Learn about progress across the National Water Reuse Action Plan and see a demo of a new tool. 

12:00–1:00PM     Online – Register Here

Monday, September 12

Environmental Science Colloquium
Experts from around the world to speak on a variety of topics. This week we'll hear about ENVS faculty and staff! More info>>

3:00-4:00PM     In person in Marley 230

Wednesday, September 14

Camp Cooper's Night at the Museum
The Cooper Center for Environmental Learning is taking over the Children's Museum for an evening of fun, music, food and drinks. Register for free!

6:00-8:00PM     Children's Museum Tucson
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Environment in the News

A climate dashboard unveiled by the White House gives local and state governments current data on the impact of climate change in their area, and lets them project out scenarios through the end of the century. Advocates say that data on drought, flooding, wildfires and more is sobering, but that it might shock people into action. (File photo by Emma VandenEinde/Cronkite News)

Climate tool brings the bad news; advocates hope that brings good outcomes

By Ryan Knappenberger, Cronkite News | September 8, 2022

A new online dashboard that aims to give state and local governments the real-time information they need to fight climate change paints a bleak picture for Arizona’s future, calling for more heat, more drought and more wildfires. Read more>>

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AIRES and Outdoor Rec Climbing Trip

Do you want to explore Mt. Lemmon and spend the day (and night) outside with others? Are you interested in trying rock climbing or improving your skills? AIRES is partnering with UArizona Outdoor Rec to bring you this adventure expedition on September 30-October 1, a day of climbing and an evening of camping on Mt. Lemmon (no experience necessary!). It is free to all ten participants: all gear, instruction, and food are included! But, there are only ten spots! Fill out this survey by September 20 to enter the trip raffle. Participants will be randomly selected and notified by September 23. This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty.

Challenge Grant Applications Now Open

The Challenge Grant program is a new program focused on high-risk, high-reward research opportunities to foster new collaborations in solving our most pressing challenges. Applicants must propose transformational research instead of incremental advances. Awardees will receive up to $50,000 over the course of the project period. Proposed projects must address a local, regional, or national grand challenge. Apply by September 28.

RII Equipment Enhancement Fund

These grants are designed to add or augment research capacity through the acquisition of equipment for use by multiple investigators in shared facilities or approved university core facilities. The proposed equipment should be located in an approved UArizona Core Facility or in a shared, accessible space and should have multiple committed users from at least two departments and preferably, from at least two different colleges. Investigators may request in the range of approximately $50,000 to $150,000 in equipment. Proposals are due by September 28.


Director, Cooperative Extension

The University of Arizona seeks a strategic and innovative leader to be the next Director of the UArizona Cooperative Extension System (CES). The CES Director is a senior executive leader who must work closely with various Directors, Academic Unit Heads, and other Leadership administrators. They must liaise with peers in other UArizona colleges, federal and state personnel, and other CES stakeholders, as well as represent the CES to elected and appointed officials. Learn more and apply.

IRes Community Impact Award Call for Proposals

The Indigenous Resilience Center (IRes) within AIRES at UArizona is pleased to announce its Fall 2022 Community Impact Award call for proposals, seeking to support the resilience of Indigenous communities through Indigenized research frameworks and a commitment to sustained community engagement. Four awards at $25,000 will be given to faculty projects, and six awards at $5,000 will be given to graduate student projects. Apply by September 21.

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