Transforming Needs into Assets Webinar
University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Gila County presents: Garden and Country Extension Webinar Series. A Zoom webinar (60-minutes or less) featuring a variety of horticultural and natural resource topics relevant to the environmental conditions and residential concerns of Gila County, Arizona.
Featured Topic: Transforming Needs into Assets: Establishing a Watershed Partnership to Address Environmental and Economic Challenges
Featured Speaker: Ashley Hullinger is a 2020 Flinn-Brown Fellow and Research Analyst at the WRRC. She manages the Water RAPIDS Program (Water Research and Planning Innovations for Dryland Systems), which extends through several counties in Arizona. Much of Ashley’s work revolves around developing accessible tools and approaches to understand complex water resources situations and promote sustainable water management throughout Arizona, especially in rural watersheds. As part of the Cooperative Extension, she works directly with communities looking at issues that span beyond physical water resources to consider the people and history that have contributed to current conditions. Her work with the program has been based primarily in Graham, Greenlee, and Gila Counties, leading watershed planning efforts that include scenario planning, geospatial analysis, water supply and demand studies, process design for effective stakeholder engagement, and other related research. Ashley holds a M.S. in Urban Planning, with a concentration in Water Resources, from the University of Arizona and B.A. degrees in History and Geography from the University of Kansas.
Webinar Overview: Since 2017, the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) have collaborated with community partners to establish a watershed partnership in the Globe-Miami area, also known as Cobre Valley, in central Arizona. Through a stakeholder-driven needs assessment of the region, the creation of a watershed partnership was identified as a constructive step toward uniting environmental stewardship, community health, and economic benefits under a single umbrella. With broad support from stakeholders and local government, Cobre Valley communities applied for funding from the US Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART program. Two years later, the Cobre Valley Watershed Partnership (CVWP) is getting off the ground and determining collaborative approaches to unique and persistent challenges, such as groundwater dependence and environmental quality. Bridging various jurisdictions and interests in the region, the CVWP has a greater capacity to accomplish innovative solutions (e.g. waterway and habitat restoration, green infrastructure installation, water quality improvement, public outreach and education, and research initiatives). The WRRC and Gila County Cooperative Extension will assist the CVWP in creating the structure for the new watershed partnership with the goal of enabling a network of local community members to implement their vision for environmental stewardship while increasing the livability and economic opportunities in the region. This presentation will highlight key ingredients for success to generate interest, achieve consensus, and engage diverse stakeholder groups in the establishment of a watershed partnership.
Webinar Facilitator: Chris Jones, Extension Agent, University of Arizona Gila County Cooperative Extension
Zoom Link: https://arizona.zoom.us/j/87084311068 Please log in up to 10 minutes prior to the webinar.