Water is key to Arizona’s future. Conditions on the Colorado River are worsening at an alarming rate. Water levels in Lake Powell and Lake Mead are plunging to record lows. Arizona is experiencing unprecedented drought compounded by climate change. How will water shortages change the landscape and environment across the state—today and in the future? Will the lack of water affect rural and urban communities and industries in the same way? How should water equity and access be determined? What can we do to save water? Join us for a timely conversation about water and what comes next.
This program is part of the Climate Conversation series hosted by Arizona Humanities.
Sarah Porter is Director of the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy. The Kyl Center promotes research, analysis, collaboration, and open dialogue to build consensus in support of sound water stewardship solutions for Arizona and the West. Before leading the Kyl Center, Porter served as the Arizona state director of the National Audubon Society and led the Western Rivers project, a multi-state initiative to protect and restore important river habitats in the Intermountain West. As deputy directory of Audubon Arizona, Porter was a key team member in the effort to launch the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, a nature education center located in a restored riparian habitat in South Phoenix. She is a member of the Governor’s Water Augmentation, Innovation and Conservation Council and Phoenix’s Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission.