WRRC 2016 Annual Conference

Tucson, Arizona
Monday, March 21, 2016
WRRC 2016 Annual Conference
Monday, March 21, 2016 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM (Arizona Time)

University of Arizona Student Union North Ballroom
520-621-9591 (WRRC gen'l #)
1303 E University Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona 85721
United States

Map and Directions

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For a map of the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center (SUMC), please click here Student Union Memorial Center map.  The WRRC 2016 conference will take place in the North Ballroom, level 3 (3rd floor), 1303 E University Blvd., Tucson, AZ.

University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center, Tucson AZ

Monday, March 21, 2016


7:30 – 8:15


8:15 – 8:45


Sharon B. Megdal, Director, University of Arizona (UA) Water Resources Research Center

Andrew Comrie, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, UA

Jeff Silvertooth, Associate Dean and Director of Economic Development, UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

8:45 – 9:20

Opening Keynote

Anne Castle, Former Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, US Department of the Interior
Our Worn-Out Water Security Blankets

9:20 – 10:20

Panel 1 – Use of Technology to Enhance our
Water Resource Portfolio


​Moderator: Guy Carpenter, National Manager, Water Reuse Group, Carollo Engineers

  • Gene Giacomelli, Director, UA Controlled Environment Agriculture Center UA,
    Self-sustaining greenhouse technology
  • Richard Nagel, General Manager, West Basin (CA) Municipal Water District,
    Designer recycled water
  • Marshall Brown, Director, Aurora (Colorado) Water,
    Development of a diverse municipal water portfolio 
  • Ze’ev Barylka, Director of Marketing and Ag Sales, Netafim USA,
    Innovations in micro-irrigation technology

  • Dan Thelander, Partner, Tempe Farming Company,
    Incorporating drip irrigation into Arizona farming 

10:20 – 10:35


10:35 – 10:50

Introduction to Beyond the Mirage: Cody Sheehy, Video Producer, UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

10:50 – 11:50

Panel 2 – Innovations in Education and Communication for a Sustainable Water Future


Moderator: Kerry Schwartz, Director, Arizona Project WET and Faculty, Arizona Cooperative Extension

  • Lisa Shipek, Executive Director and Founder, Watershed Management Group,
    Communication that Ignites Action: From Face-to-Face to Facebook
  • Nicki Derryberry, Biotechnology Teacher and Advanced STEM Coordinator, Red Mountain High School, Mesa,
    STEM Degree as a pipeline to college
  • Lily DeBlieux, Superintendent of Pendergast School District,
    Leading for change
  • DaNel Hogan, Pima County ESA STEM Coordinator,
    Real-world and relevant STEM
  • Thomas Williams, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs, Scottsdale Community College,
    Community college as a gateway to higher education

12:00 – 1:15



Luncheon Keynote Presentation

Hunter Moore, Natural Resources Policy Advisor to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Governor Ducey’s Water Initiatives and Augmentation Council

1:15 – 2:15


2:15 – 2:40

Keynote Presentation

Lisa Beutler, Public Affairs Specialist, MWH Global,
Solutions to Wicked Problems at Massive Scales: The California Water Crisis

2:40 – 3:40

Panel 3 – Tradeoffs Involved in Water Management: Implications for Society and for Financing


Moderator: Karletta Chief, Assistant Professor and Assistant Specialist, UA Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science

  • Troy Day, Vice President of Arizona Operations, EPCOR Water,
    Public-private partnerships

  • Randy Snow, Chief Strategic Officer, R&R Partners,
    Strategic guidance of municipal water innovation
  • Brian Bennon, Tribal Water Department Director, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona,
    Global change and tribal water tradeoffs
  • Michael Kotutwa Johnson, Ph.D. Candidate, UA Native American Studies,
    Dryland farming tradeoffs
  • Amy McCoy, Manager of Arizona Programs, Ecosystem Economics,
    Economic tradeoffs

3:40 – 3:55


3:55 – 4:55

Panel 4 – A Discussion with Arizona Water Leaders: What is Happening in Water Technology, Talk, and Tradeoffs at the State Level?


Moderator: Sharon B. Megdal, Director, WRRC

  • Trevor Baggiore, Director of Water Quality Division, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
  • Gerry Walker, Assistant Deputy Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources
  • Ted Cooke, General Manager, Central Arizona Project
  • Marc Campbell, Manager of Sustainability Policy and Programs, Salt River Project

4:55 – 5:00

Closing Comments

5:00 – 7:00



Explore the Beyond the Mirage web experience at this exciting launch event! Join colleagues in lively discussions prompted by the day’s Twitter Feed. Discover the new WRRC Water Network website – your link to all things water at University of Arizona.

  • Beyond the Mirage interaction stations
  • Poster award announcements   
  • Hors d'oeuvres and cash bar



Contact Information

  • wrrc@email.arizona.edu
    Phone: 520-621-2526