Episode 104: Is Arizona🌵 Really Running Out Of Water??😨 With Kathryn Sorensen

Today’s Show:

Have you heard the news??😨 The Colorado river is drying up and FAST! That is why we brought on Kathryn Sorensen to talk about all things water💧 here in AZ!
Kathryn is the Director of Research at Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute and is very knowledgeable when it comes to the water shortage we are having here in Arizona.🏜️
Watch today’s show to learn if we really are running out of water😓, what we can do to conserve water, and if Arizona has any kind of plan for the future in regard to our water systems!
Want to learn more? Check out our notes from today’s show including Kathryn’s very own PowerPoint on Water Policy here: https://www.gratefulheart.tv/2022/10/07/episode-104-show-notes/

Listen & Learn:

1:34 – Rebecca introduces Kathryn
4:22 – What does a water shortage mean for Phx?
6:03 – What does effluent water mean?
8:09 – Should we be worried about the Colorado River declining?
11:00 – Ways to fix the water shortage
12:30 – The good news
14:40 – Picture of Salt & Verde watersheds explained
15:30 – Our canal system
16:55 – AZ groundwater map explained
17:35 – How much water that gets dumped gets reabsorbed to replenish water tables?
20:16 – AZ has a strong legacy of wise water management
21:50 – Do we have enough water for all the people moving here?
23:50 – Water issues in other states
27:17 – Population growth and our water shortage
29:55 – What are our water rights here in AZ?
33:40 – Kathryn’s articles on water that are good!
35:20 – Why are we waiting to use our water wisely?
36:38 – The city of Phoenix’s water rate structure
40:20 – Rural AZ groundwater is not regulated
43:30 – Closing thoughts from Rebecca & Kathryn

Special Guests:

Kathryn Sorensen – Director of Research, Professor of Practice:

Kathryn served for many years as Director of Phoenix Water Services as well as Director of the City of Mesa Water Resources Department. In these roles, she was responsible for the delivery of safe, clean, reliable water for millions of Arizonans, and significantly advanced the sustainable management of water resources in Arizona and the Colorado River basin.

She earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan.

In her position at Arizona State University, she oversees the research efforts of the Kyl Center for Water Policy, serves as a Professor of Practice at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and contributes to the Global Futures Laboratory.

Phone: 602-496-1799
Email: kathryn.sorensen@asu.edu
Website: https://morrisoninstitute.asu.edu/leadership/kathryn-sorensen

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