WRRC Co-hosts WATERSHED Film and Panel Discussion

The Loft Cinema’s iconic sign announces the Tucson premiere of WATERSHED, a film screening and panel discussion co-hosted by the Water Resources Research Center on September 19. (Photo courtesy of the Sonoran Institute)
The Loft Cinema’s iconic sign announces the Tucson premiere of WATERSHED, a film screening and panel discussion co-hosted by the Water Resources Research Center on September 19. (Photo courtesy of the Sonoran Institute)

On September 19, the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC), in partnership with the Sonoran Institute and Tucson Audubon Society, hosted an evening at The Loft Cinema that included the Tucson premiere of WATERSHED, the latest movie release from the Redford Center.

WATERSHED tells the story of multiple stressors on the Colorado River, which today does not carry sufficient flow into Mexico to connect the river to the delta that borders the Gulf of California. The film offers perspectives on solutions for re-invigorating this lifeline of the arid American West.

The screening of WATERSHED was followed by a lively discussion with a panel of experts, including WRRC Director, Sharon Megdal. Moderated by Nina Trasoff, a former City of Tucson Council Member, the panel discussion afforded an opportunity for the five panelists to share how their work – in Tucson, southern Arizona, and across the border into Mexico – benefits the Colorado River and highlight actions Arizonans can take to help improve the Delta region and other natural environments.

The panel discussion featured an announcement of the expansion of Conserve to Enhance (C2E), a program designed for community members to take action by conserving water and donating their savings to a local environmental fund.

Sharon Megdal noted that the Tucson pilot of this innovative program, developed at the WRRC, is the first of its kind and an excellent example of the WRRC’s commitment to resolving real-world water issues. 

As part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Water Resources Research Center promotes understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy issues through research, community outreach and public education.

WATERSHED Panelists:
Mark Decena, Director, WATERSHED, Kontent Films
Luther Propst, Executive Director, Sonoran Institute
Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta, Director of Water and Wetlands Program, Pronatura Noroeste, A.C.
Francisco Zamora Arroyo, Director, Colorado Delta Legacy Program, Sonoran Institute
Sharon Megdal, Director, Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona
Nina Trasoff, Moderator

Date released: 
Oct 27 2012
Contact: 
Sharon Megdal