How did Water Wise Wisdom blog come about? Well, I used to work for the Water Wise program at the University of Arizona – Cochise County Cooperative Extension in the beautiful city of Sierra Vista. The only multi-purpose water conservation program within the Arizona State Cooperative Extension system. The program has been around for over 22 years. Pretty cool, huh?
I lived, breathed and drank all the wisdom (and Kool-aid) I could in the time I was there; working excessive hours and more weekends than I can count. In short, I became a water wise junkie and my only fix is writing cool and insightful things about water. My goal is to let Water Wise Wisdom flow everywhere!
After two short stints as a Park Ranger with Arizona State Parks and then Maricopa County Parks and Recreation, I’m once again back at the University of Arizona teaching about water awareness and conservation. This time with Arizona Project WET in the Phoenix area, where I help lead the Aqua STEM program. This program is a bit more structured than my former free-ranging Water Wise job, but my passion for imparting water wisdom through education is still very much intact – it’s just flowing in a different direction.
What’s cool about working with grade school students is seeing their excitement when they make connections between their own life and what you’re teaching them. Their eyes light up, they start chatting with each other and become eager to share stories. It’s awesome to be able to leave a classroom feeling like you’ve really touched some of these kids.
So in that sense, I hope this blog will do the same for you. I’d love for you to be moved, motivated and possibly even angry about some of the things I write.
As Albert Einstein said, “The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know” and that’s certainly true about the world of water.