Toward Sustainable & Usable Water Resources
Water resources sustain ecosystems and peoples across our region. Yet drought, flood, and seasonal changes in precipitation stress water availability and quality, while warming temperatures increase evapotranspiration and population growth heightens the demand and competition for already-limited water. Stressed vegetation can increase risks for insect infestation, wildfire, soil degradation, and plant mortality, causing long-term shifts in wildlife habitat and increased potential for the advance of invasive species.
Established in October 2018, the Sustainable and Usable Water Resources Working Group has seven members:
Thomas Neeson (co-lead), University of Oklahoma; Sarita KC (co-lead), East Central; Stephen Marsh, Chickasaw Nation; Hamed Zamani Sabzi, University of Oklahoma; Pablo Ortiz, UC Davis; Sam Sandoval, UC Davis; Xiangming Xiao, University of Oklahoma
Research questions of interest:
What are the gaps research gaps and needs toward sustainable use of water?
Description of social-hydrological systems for sustainable use of water that assess past, current, and alternative adaptation strategies (conservation, recycle, etc.). What does this look like in different basins?
How do we work with water agencies to avoid the problem of ‘too much conservation’ (as people conserve, the less money agencies make)?