Desert Waters International Symposium Southern Arizona to South Australia

April 2, 1:00pm-5:00pm
April 3, 8:00am-1:30pm

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
ENR2 Agnese Nelms Haury Auditorium, Room S107

In many regions of the world, protecting water for natural areas isan urgent matter. There are many ideas and potential lessons to be learned from our international neighbors to help Arizona reframe the link between healthy watersheds and healthy, thriving businesses and communities.

  • How do we balance social, economic and environmental demands for water within the capacity of the water resources?
  • How can we consider and provide for the water needs of water- dependent ecosystems?


  • General Registration – $25.00
  • Student (UA) – No Charge
  • Student (other) – $25.00
  • Faculty and Staff – $25.00


Program Overview

The program will include a series of panels on the policy, economic and environmental context of the Colorado River Basin in the U.S. and Mexico, and the Murray-Darling River Basin in Australia; approaches and lessons learned for securing water for natural areas; water allocation planning; indigenous perspectives; and more.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Sharon Megdal – Director of the University of Arizona, Water Resources Research Center.

Benjamin Fee – FeeZable Solutions, currently a Higher Degree by Research Candidate, Centre for Global Food and Resources, University of Adelaide

Peter Duggin  – South Australian Board Representative of the National Irrigators Council to the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board, and Presiding Member of the Renmark Irrigation Trust.

Tom Rooney – Group CEO and President, Waterfind Australia.

Full Program Coming Soon

Contact Information

For questions regarding conference content, contact conference organizers Louise Misztal or Ashley Hullinger.

Convening Partners