5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Copper Queen Library
6 Main St, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Hydrology and Water Resources 101 with Victoria Hermosilla
As we move into the 21st century, our water resources and management will need to become more adaptive under the pressures of population growth and less predictable weather patterns. This interactive and discussion-based presentation covers the water cycle, surface water and groundwater basics with considerations of water usage as it relates water & energy and water & food. Victoria will also provide access to groundwater models and other informational displays.
Victoria Hermosilla was born on a small ranch in southern California with five wells that frequently went dry, and discussions of rain, drought, and everything in between. This constant water awareness continued when she moved to Arizona in 2006. She earned an associate’s of science at Cochise Community College then a bachelor’s degree in Hydrogeology from Northern Arizona University. She began working for Clear Creek Associates in 2012 as a field hydrologist where the majority of her work was with the mines and their groundwater contamination challenges. When she wasn’t working in the field, she spent some time volunteering with Watershed Management Group assisting fellow citizens install passive and active rainwater harvesting features. She was inspired to come back to school for a master’s degree after hearing Dr. Tom Meixner speak at the 2015 Arizona Hydrological Symposium. Her initial interest in water stems from her experiences and geography; her continued interest in water stems from not only a desire to have job security, but also to help her community and her country. Her goal is to one day lead the Arizona Department of Water Resources and contribute to the solutions of future.