The Benefits of Beavers

History has not been kind to the American beaver (Castor canadensis). An estimated 400 million beavers called North America home before the European trappers arrived and decimated the population. By 1900, roughly 100,000 remained. Unbeknown to the trappers, the culling of the beavers forever changed the landscape and reduced water supplies.1 Early historical journals noted … Continue reading The Benefits of Beavers

Wetlands – The Buffer Zone Between Life and Loss

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 … Continue reading Wetlands – The Buffer Zone Between Life and Loss

Imagine A Day Without Water? Many Rural Arizonans Already Can.

As you head to the kitchen to make your first pot of morning brew, imagine turning on the faucet and no water comes out.  How would you feel? What thoughts would go through your head? This is not a scene from some fictional apocalyptic movie. It has already happened in several communities in Arizona due … Continue reading Imagine A Day Without Water? Many Rural Arizonans Already Can.

What’s In Your Wastewater? Intersex Fish and Household Wastewater

Over the last few decades, there has been increased concern over commonly used chemicals entering the environment and impacting aquatic life, and possibly even human health. The EPA refers to these compounds as chemicals of emerging concern (CECs) and they include many of the pharmaceuticals and personal care products we use every day.1 Research has … Continue reading What’s In Your Wastewater? Intersex Fish and Household Wastewater

Could Farming Hemp Save Water?

Amber waves of grain may soon be replaced by towering stalks of industrial hemp as farmers across America begin growing this newly legalized form of cannabis.  As of May 10th, 2018, Arizona became the 36th state to take on the task of converting this formerly controlled substance into a commercial commodity.1 Will all the hubbub … Continue reading Could Farming Hemp Save Water?

A Silver Lining in Western Clouds?

Recent investigations in cloud-seeding suggest there could be literal truth in the proverbial saying “every cloud has a silver lining.” Researchers from three Universities, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, and the Idaho Power Company collaborated over the Winter of 2017 to determine, once and for all, if seeding clouds with silver iodide actually works. … Continue reading A Silver Lining in Western Clouds?

The Original Rain Man

By the early 1900’s, the art of rainmaking offered more hype than hope. Before large-scale water projects, farmers, ranchers, cities, and towns in the arid west were often desperate for liquid relief. They would pay handsome fees to anyone who could summon moisture from the air. Most of these self-professed pluviculturists were con men. Some … Continue reading The Original Rain Man