Environmental and Water Resources Institute


The Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) was created on April 6, 1995 as a technical subcommittee of the Arizona Society of Civil Engineers (AzSCE).

Committee’s Mission:

“Provide an open forum for discussing technical water resource issues within Arizona.”

Objectives of the EWRI include:

  • Conducting technical education programs on water resource topics
  • Sponsoring activities that serve the need of water resource professionals
  • Furthering public understanding of the field of water resources, hydraulics, and environmental engineering
  • Coordinating local water resource related functions with other related organizations
  • Review and comment on state and local legislation related to water resource issues

The Committee meets monthly to hear presentations and discuss technical water resource issues, studies, and projects. Field trips are occasionally offered to allow participants to witness firsthand how local water resource issues and challenges are being addressed.

Past Committee Activities:

  • Monthly technical presentations on current water resource topics
  • Field trips to local water resource projects
  • Coordination of technical sessions at AzSCE conferences
  • Assisting other local water resource organizations with their functions and workshops
  • Serving as local host in 1999 for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Water Resources Planning and Management Division’s 26th Annual Conference, held in Tempe
  • Assisting with local ASCE sponsored workshops on Urban Stormwater Management, HECRAS, etc.

2020-2021 Officers

Alissa Turney, Chair
Rachel Marx, Vice Chair
Vivianna Barrientes, Secretary
Frederick Tack, EWRI National Liaison
Josh Papworth, Past Chair

The group’s bylaws were adopted in 1995 and are available from the Committee’s Secretary or can be downloaded here (14 KB, PDF).
They address the following:

  • Officers: Chairman, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Past Chairman.
  • Membership: Any subscribing member of the AzSCE who submits a written request for membership shall be considered a member.
  • Annual Business Meeting: Held on or before October 31.

Because the EWRI is sanctioned by the ASCE, committee membership requires membership in ASCE. However, non-ASCE members are welcome to attend committee meetings and events. There are no dues, other than those normally paid by members of the ASCE. To request an ASCE membership application, please contact the ASCE at (800) 548-2723 or online at www.asce.org.

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January 2016 Breakfast meeting presentation October 2015 Breakfast Meeting – Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility Tour
January 2016 Breakfast Meeting Presentation October 2015 Breakfast Meeting – Ocotillo Brine Reduction Facility Tour


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