Watershed Research & Education Program
- To promote and support water resources research, education, and outreach in north-central Arizona watersheds.
- To provide a centralized, coordinated, and supported location for storage and exchange of north-central Arizona watershed information.
What we do
WREP supports watershed research in several ways, including research grants to students, internships, and participation in collaborative research at NAU and beyond.
Education and outreach activities include support for courses at NAU which focus on watershed issues, as well as participation in educational activities in K-12 classrooms.
An important part of WREP's mission is to make our research results, available to the academic and stakeholder community in northern and central Arizona.
Internships for students are available either through WREP or one of our partner organizations.
Conferences & workshops
WREP hosts conferences and workshops on watershed and water science and policy.
Publications & reports
Publications and reports resulting from WREP research activities.
New at WREP
Green Guide update
WREP will be working with the IDEA Lab at NAU to update the online version of Navigating the Green Road, also known as the Green Guide. If your laboratory or organization is included in the Green Guide and needs updating, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If your NAU lab or organization would like to be included in the revised online edition of the Green Guide, contact us for that as well.
Payments for watershed services
Funded in part by WREP in 2011-2012, a project conducted by graduate student Wes Swaffar and Dr. Erik Nielsen (School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability) produced results with high impact in northern Arizona. Their research evaluated the willingness of residents in Camp Verde and in the City of Flagstaff to pay for increased stability of water supplies. One component of their project was to conduct a workshop in Flagstaff on payment for watershed services strategies for the arid west. These activities led to the successful public vote in Flagstaff in November 2012 on a $10 million watershed protection bond. The research team included Dr. Julie Mueller in the W.A. Franke College of Business and Dr. Abe Springer and Ms. Sharon Masek-Lopez in the School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability. Dr. Mueller published these findings journal Water Resources Research. Read the article here.
Read more in the media about this project and its impacts:
- NAU Research Targets Municipal Watershed Protection, Arizona Daily Sun, November 16, 2011. View.
- Cities' Water Supplies at Risk, Arizona Daily Sun, November 17, 2011. View.
- Inside NAU article, October 28, 2011. View.
Watershed information system for the Verde Valley
This year WREP will be working with Dr. Erik Schiefer and graduate student Danna Muise to develop a web-served geographic information system (GIS) map of the Verde Valley. Our objective is to provide quick and easy access to data relevant to watershed management in the Verde Valley. At the first stage of implementation in early autumn 2013, the map will display the locations of WREP-funded projects and serve as a database to provide access to project reports and datasets. The map will also provide access to selected real-time and archived data on river flow and meteorological conditions. At the second stage of implementation in 2014, the map will expand to watersheds beyond the Verde Valley and provide links and direct access to databases external to WREP and NAU. For more information on this project contact Paul Gremillion at email@example.com