ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona State University to lead water research initiative for state’s resources

Nov 20, 2022, 7:15 AM

The Colorado River flows by the historic Navajo Bridge on June 23, 2021 in Marble Canyon, Arizona. ...

The Colorado River flows by the historic Navajo Bridge on June 23, 2021 in Marble Canyon, Arizona. As severe drought grips parts of the Western United States, a below average flow of water is expected to flow through the Colorado River Basin into two of its biggest reservoirs, Lake Powell and Lake Mead. Lake Powell is currently at 34.56 percent of capacity, a historic low. The lake stands at 138.91 feet below full pool and has dropped 44 feet in the past year. The Colorado River Basin supplies water to 40 million people in seven western states. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Arizona State University will have a major role in the state’s water usage going forward, as the the institution will lead the Arizona Water Innovation Initiative.

ASU and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced the multi-year project that will involve a $40 million investment by the state.

The university will be tasked with presenting immediate, actionable and evidence-based solutions for the future of Arizona’s water supply, a diminishing resource, based on its research.

“… ASU will serve as a force multiplier to enhance our water resiliency,” Ducey said in a press release. “Arizona has a great resource in ASU and the leadership of President Michael Crow to respond with force when called upon to advance work that serves the state.

“From the Central Arizona Project to the landmark Groundwater Management Act, to the Arizona Drought Contingency Plan, leaders in Arizona have looked ahead to future generations and taken action to ensure that our growing state has the water it needs to thrive.”

ASU was asked to involve industrial, municipal, agricultural, tribal and international partners in its solutions to find new strategies and deploy technologies for water conservation, reuse and infrastructure.

It will research water measurement, modeling and prediction and plans to fully map out and model Arizona’s water supplies.

ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory will lead the initiative.

“This is a critical innovation moment for water in the state of Arizona, and frankly for all seven basin states who have been sharing responsibility for creating water policy in this region for more than 100 years,” ASU President Michael Crow said in the release.

“The Arizona Water Innovation Initiative will strengthen water resilience while enhancing economic competitiveness, supporting high-value job creation and recruiting and retaining leading industries.”

The timeline for the work includes a one-year “innovation sprint” and a four-year implementation period.

Partners in the effort will include the Bureau of Reclamation, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the Arizona Department of Water Resources, Central Arizona Project, Salt River Project, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, the University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University and Intel.

The funding comes from the $1 billion appropriated by the governor’s office in July to water projects in the state.

Most of Arizona’s water goes to agricultural use (72% in 2019), followed by municipal use (22%), according to the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Three panel image, left to right, of Ruben Gallego, Kari Lake and Kyrsten Sinema...

Kevin Stone

New Arizona Senate poll: Ruben Gallego up big over Kari Lake in race for Kyrsten Sinema’s seat

A new poll on Arizona's U.S. Senate race is good news for Ruben Gallego, bad news for Kari Lake and worse news for Kyrsten Sinema.

40 minutes ago

Brunson Lee elementary school district sign...

KTAR.com

Manhunt yields no results after shooting suspect seen going into Phoenix elementary school

A manhunt came up empty after a shooting suspect was seen running into an elementary school before students arrived Thursday morning.

3 hours ago

Chandler innovation fair 2024 East Valley...

Serena O'Sullivan

Chandler Innovation Fair to celebrate innovation with hundreds of hands-on science exhibits

The yearly Chandler Innovation Fair, which celebrates innovators and scientists of all ages in the East Valley, will return on Saturday.

6 hours ago

One Handsome Bastard photo...

Serena O'Sullivan

Old Town Scottsdale’s 1st microdistillery opens in former Blue Clover Distillery space

The space previously occupied by Blue Clover Distillery is now known as One Handsome Bastard. The name honors the late Brad Ritchie.

6 hours ago

gavel photo threatening federal...

Serena O'Sullivan

Arizona man sentenced to over 7 years for trying to traffic methamphetamine

A federal judge in Arizona sentenced a Tucson man to over seven years in prison for drug trafficking, officials announced on Wednesday.

6 hours ago

...

Sponsored Content by Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

Sponsored Articles

...

DISC Desert Institute for Spine Care

Sciatica pain is treatable but surgery may be required

Sciatica pain is one of the most common ailments a person can face, and if not taken seriously, it could become one of the most harmful.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

...

Sanderson Ford

The best ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day and give back to the community

Veterans Day is fast approaching and there's no better way to support our veterans than to donate to the Military Assistance Mission.

Arizona State University to lead water research initiative for state’s resources