Management and Policy

The University of Arizona investigates water security, management, and governance, and interfaces with decision-makers and public stakeholders in the Southwest and other water-stressed regions of the world to develop water management practices and policies that improve and secure access to water.


Water permeates almost every facet of society and its management requires a wide spectrum of expertise. Southern Arizona water managers and policymakers look to the University of Arizona’s faculty for their wealth of experience in the analysis of water laws, policies, property rights, and compacts, the integration of natural resource and land use planning, and the management of irrigation and wastewater. Water resource researchers affiliated with centers such as the Water Resources Research Center, and the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy promote the understanding of critical state and regional water management and policy issues, provide guidance on water governance and planning, create partnerships with stakeholders from federal, state, and local governments, and collaborate with civil, governmental, and business organizations.

Below you will find contact information and resources relevant to your interests in water management/policy at the University of Arizona
Dr. Sharon B. Megdal links the University of Arizona's applied water management and policy expertise with research in the natural sciences