Is this the future we want? Arizona growth proponents are promoting the Sun Corridor development plan . . .
While climate change projections warn of increasingly warmer and drier conditions throughout the region, Arizona growth proponents are promoting the Sun Corridor development plan, which includes the Prescott area [see https://morrisoninstitute.asu.edu/products/megapolitan-arizonas-sun-corridor ], doubling the metropolitan population by 2040 and intensifying demands for both energy and water resources. Numerous water experts at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona have concluded that the Sun Corridor will be both sustainable and economically resilient, but are they correct, and is this the future we want?
On Saturday, Apr. 8, Daniel Higgins, PhD presents “From Valley of the Sun to Sun Corridor: Broadening the Discussion on Arizona’s Water Future,” when he speaks to the Citizens Water Advocacy Group from 10 a.m. to noon at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation building, 882 Sunset Avenue, Prescott. The public is invited.
Higgins will weave together Arizona’s past, present, and future approach to water planning, including: (1) the Valley of the Sun’s dependence upon tribal groundwater resources, (2) the current scientific understanding of resilient systems, and (3) water planning for the Sun Corridor megapolitan area, to ask whether or not the lessons from the Valley of the Sun influenced Sun Corridor water planning, whether or not these plans are adaptive or maladaptive to future conditions, and to broaden the discussion on the resilience of Arizona’s water future.
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Daniel Higgins is an interdisciplinary environmental scientist, consultant, and educator specializing in natural resource management in the American Southwest. Trained in both the natural and social sciences, his research, teaching, and outreach initiatives focus on: the social-ecological resilience of water resources management and policy in the US Southwest; maladaptive resilience and the pathology of natural resource development; and Water-Energy-Climate Nexus.
Dr. Higgins has taught and lectured in a diverse range of graduate and undergraduate courses, including natural resource management, law and indigenous water rights, regional economic development, geography, environmental justice, and he is often invited to speak about federal environmental policy and the history of water and energy development in the US Southwest.
In 2012, he was awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and chose the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes at Arizona State University as host institution; he holds a Ph.D. in Arid Lands Resource Sciences from the University of Arizona and a Master’s in Sustainability from Northern Arizona University.