“Taking on Water Issues” at Ward 3 Neighbors Alliance meeting

    August 19, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm
    Woods Memorial Libray
    3455 North 1st Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85719


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. 25 attendees at this talk about water. Wally Wilson of Tucson Water gave the overview about usage of groundwater (not sustainable), Colorado River water (no local control), reclaimed H2O (30% unuused & lost); no shortage predicted for 2016/2017. He said that Tucson residents’ conservation measures are working, water demand going down. Then Fernando Molina also of Tucson Water gave conservation tips for homeowners, and referred to their website for rebate programs. Mentioned a future pilot study for neighborhoods to utilize rain harvesting techniques. Question from audience about the recent gold mining spill on Navajo lands, but they said that there was no danger to Tucson, being a 9 acre leak which will be diluted in 13 M acres of Lt. Powell, then to Lake Mead. Prof. Larry Winter was more realistic, saying that drought/pop. growth has affected the water supply, levels of Lake Mead going down. Tucson only gets 11.59 inches of rain/year and we have caused the Santa Cruz River to dry up. Finally Joaquin Murietta of Watershed Mgmt. spoke of water harvesting, restoring hydrology as urbanites. 25% use of home water is flushing the toilet. Their goal is to reclaim hydrology of Santa Cruz River. Urban cities let 55% of rain water go to runoff, while green rural areas only lose 10/20% to runoff, due to impervious surfaces. Drop by their office to learn more.

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