August 1, 2012

Drought Contingency Planning Suggested

Expert shares observations about Arizona's ability to face ongoing dryness

Do you or your family have a drought contingency plan already in place?

Although Arizona residents aren't required to make such a plan, in 2005 House Bill 2277 began requiring all of the state's water providers to file a plan for facing extended drought.

This includes Tucson Water, and as a result a detailed look at regional issues concerning Tucson's own water resources can be found here.

Gregg Garfin, deputy director for Science Translation & Outreach at the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment, helped to draft Arizona's statewide drought plan.

Garfin also works to bridge the science-society interface, which means finding ways to accelerate the acceptance and adoption of scientific findings about climate change with the public, including a variety of resource managers, civic planners, and policy makers throughout the region.

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