Sharon Medgal
Sharon Medgal

Reliable and safe water supplies are essential to the health and economic vitality of communities not only in Arizona but throughout the world.

Sharon Megdal, a leading-edge researcher in the field of water conservation, will address many of the challenges facing water managers – and their potential solutions – in a talk Wednesday at the Arizona Senior Academy.

In addition to considering Tucson’s reliance on Colorado River water delivered via the Central Arizona Project, she will draw upon her regional and international experiences. Megdal will discuss the many factors that influence water policy and management: growth and competition for water resources; water quality and water reuse; the water-energy nexus; transboundary water management; and environmental water needs.

Solutions to the growing imbalance of demand for and supply of freshwater will require: water conservation programs; innovative management approaches, such as water banking; and broad community education and involvement.

Megdal, who holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Princeton University, is director of the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center. She also serves as C. W. and Modene Neely Endowed Professor and Distinguished Outreach Professor at the University of Arizona. Her work focuses on state and regional water resources management and policy with areas of focus including storage and recovery programs, regional approaches to water management, ecosystem restoration, and the role of the private sector in water delivery.

She also writes a public policy column for the Arizona Water Resource, the bi-monthly Water Resources Research Center newsletter, and regularly makes presentations on water issues to diverse audiences.

Submitted by Glenda Tonkin, Academy Village Volunteer

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