Optional Joint Field Trips with
Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
2019 Journalist Forum

All Sessions are Thursday, March 28, 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Field Trip #1: Next-Gen Decision Tools: The Water Sim Model

Join us for a hands-on demonstration of a complex ‘Water Sim’ model at the Decision Center for a Desert City at Arizona State University. The ‘WaterSim’ model was created to assist decision makers and researchers on estimations of water supply and demand in an urban metropolitan area. Participants will explore how water sustainability is influenced by various scenarios of regional growth, drought, climate change impacts and water management policies. WaterSim is a “systems” dynamics model that assembles water supply, water demand, climate, population and policy data to give leaders a dynamic, system-level view of how these variables interact. The tour will also include a drive-by discussion of Tempe Town Lake, an urban reservoir that is the #2 most-visited destination in Arizona. [Seating limited to the first 20 registrants only]  


Field Trip #2: Wastewater to Wetland: the Tres Rios Environmental Restoration Project

The City of Phoenix Tres Rios project involves the rehabilitation of nearly 700 acres in and around the Salt River, restoring a vital wetland and riparian habitat. The project, a federal and multi-city partnership that began in 2000, creates a symbiotic relationship between one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the country and the adjacent wetlands that are now an avian and recreation destination. The lush and scenic Tres Rios is home to over 150 species of birds and animals, and has restored native groves of cottonwoods from the early 1800s. Join us for a tour of this exemplary natural reclamation project.


Field Trip #3: Training Tomorrow’s Truth-Seekers: ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication

Join founding Dean Christopher Callahan for a tour of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, one of the nation’s top journalism schools and home to Arizona PBS, the largest media outlet operated by a journalism school in the world. Students receive hands-on experiences in Cronkite News, a multiplatform daily news operation with bureaus in Phoenix, Washington and Los Angeles. With professional programs in digital media, public affairs reporting, broadcast news, digital innovation, public relations, sports reporting, Spanish-language news and more, Cronkite offers a real-world education for the digital media world of today and tomorrow.

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