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1 San Pedro River, Arizona. Photo Credit: The Nature Conservancy Salt River, Arizona. Photo Credit: Brittany Choate Contacts: Inside Arizona: Candice.

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2 1 San Pedro River, Arizona. Photo Credit: The Nature Conservancy Salt River, Arizona. Photo Credit: Brittany Choate Contacts: Inside Arizona: Candice Rupprecht Coordinator, Water Resources Research Center Outside Arizona: Aaron M. Lien Analyst, Water Resources Research Center University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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4 The Forgotten Sector 3 Environment 6.7 MAF Above: Verde River, AZ (Photo credit: Jeanmarie Haney). Below: Salt River at Rio Salado, Phoenix, AZ (Candice Rupprecht)

5 Conserve to Enhance (C2E): An Innovative Voluntary Mechanism 4 Program development funded by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Current funding includes Walton Family Foundation. How C2E Works 1. Water is conserved (at homes & businesses) 2. Money saved through water conservation 3. Money donated to a C2E fund 4. Money used to implement environmental enhancement projects How C2E Works 1. Water is conserved (at homes & businesses) 2. Money saved through water conservation 3. Money donated to a C2E fund 4. Money used to implement environmental enhancement projects Water saved through conservation efforts Donations support riparian enhancement

6 5 Benefits of C2E Provide water to environmental enhancement projects Link individual water conservation to environmental benefits Raise awareness about water conservation and environmental water needs Create a simple accounting mechanism and reliable funding source Create new excitement for water conservation!

7 Tucson Pilot C2E Program Advisory Board informs program implementation through project selection and oversees funding distribution EPA provides funding for implementation of residential rainwater harvesting projects to conserve potable water Tucson Water provides access to participants water records with permission and includes a check box on all water bills Donations used to fund environmental enhancement Supporting Audubon riparian restoration project: tree plantings and supplemental watering 6

8 Supporting Pilot Development in New Communities WRRC Role: Assistance Tailoring New C2E Programs to Meet Community Needs & Priorities Active Stakeholder Engagement & Partner Development Integrated Program Development Support C2E Program Template & Guidance on Key Elements Across the Colorado River Basin 7

9 8 Inside Arizona: Candice Rupprecht Outside Arizona: Aaron M. Lien Dr. Sharon B. Megdal, Director Joanna B. Nadeau University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center Photo Credit: Aaron M. Lien, UA WRRC


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