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In Memoriam: Ari Michelsen 1954-2017
AWRA President 2010
AWRA Director 2006-2008
AWRA Fellow Member 2013
AWRA President's Award for Outstanding Service 2011
Ari Montgomery Michelsen, 63, of El Paso passed away on September 28, 2017 after a lengthy
illness. He was born August 10, 1954 in Oslo, Norway to Frances (Blumve) and Arve Michelsen.
The family returned to the United States while he was a toddler, landing in Maryland where
Ari graduated from high school. He received a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Management
from the University of Maryland in 1976, followed by his M.S. (1983) in Economics and Ph.D.
(1988) in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Colorado State University.
Ari was a leader in the field of water resources. He worked for several western universities,
most recently as Resident Director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center in El Paso. He took great pride in serving on the
board of directors for professional organizations and providing consulting expertise to national and international agencies. These
activities gave him the opportunity to travel to places like China, Russia and Chile.
In the midst of his professional success, colleagues also remember his mentorship and kindness. With a Norwegian father and a
Californian mother, Ari loved both skiing and the beach. Many summers while growing up were spent with his cousins in Laguna
Bay, California. While living in the West, he skied, fished and camped as often as he could get away. He especially loved sharing
these passions while vacationing with his family. Ari is survived by his parents, Arve and Frances Michelsen of Silver Spring,
Maryland; his daughters Sonja Michelsen of Omaha, Nebraska and Anna Michelsen of El Paso, Texas; his sister, Anne Marie
Michelsen and sister-in-law, Sandy Stillwell of Westminster, Maryland; and former wife, Miriam Cook of El Paso, Texas. ■

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received the most up-to-date information
on the Red Sea-Dead Sea Project by Oded
Fixler, senior deputy director general,
Israel Ministry of Regional Cooperation.
His address covered the details of this
cutting-edge and complex desalination
program to partially address the water
scarcity challenges faced by Jordan, a key
agricultural area in the south of Israel,
and the West Bank. Incorporated into
this project to desalinate Red Sea water
are energy features and the pumping
the seawater desalination plant's brine
discharge to the Dead Sea to offset some
of the decline in Dead Sea water levels-
another truly wicked water problem of
the region.
Field trips were offered to the IDE's
Sorek Desalination Plant and to Netafim's
drip irrigation manufacturing facility
at Kibbutz Hatzerim in the Negev
Desert. For those who did not visit
Sorek, Doron Markel of the Israel Water
Authority conducted a virtual tour of
the Sea of Galilee. His tour was followed

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by a screening of the award-winning
documentary Beyond the Mirage.
Two tracks of technical presentations
on wicked problems, as well as strategies
to address them, featured experts
representing academic institutions,
government water agencies, the
private sector and non-governmental
organizations. Low Jordan River and
Colorado River flows, low inflows
into the Sea of Galilee and Lake Mead,
transboundary wastewater and associated
pollution problems, water banking
programs, water quality monitoring,
water use efficiency and water treatment
were just some of the topics covered. For
more information, please consult the
final program. (http://awra.org/meetings/
Israel2017)
I have received so much positive
feedback about the conference. I wish to
offer my most sincere thanks to conference
co-chair Dror Avisar, director of Tel
Aviv University's Water Research Center,
AWRA Executive Vice President Ken Reid,

all the speakers and staff who contributed
to the conference's success. Special thanks
also go to conference collaborators Netafim,
IDE Technologies, Tel Aviv University,
International Arid Lands Consortium, the
WATEC Israel 2017 conference, and the
University of Arizona Water Resources
Research Center. ■
Sharon Megdal is a director of The University
of Arizona Water Resources Research
Center (WRRC), a research and Extension
unit in the College of Agriculture and Life
Sciences. Her work focuses on water policy
and management, on which she writes and
frequently speaks. She also holds the titles:
Professor and Specialist, Department Soil,
Water, and Environmental Science; C.W.
& Modene Neely Endowed Professor; and
Distinguished Outreach Professor. She serves
as Director of the University of Arizona Water,
Environmental and Energy Solutions Program,
which is funded by the University of Arizona
Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF).
Contact: smegdal@email.arizona.edu.


http://www.awra.org/meetings/israel2017

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018

President’s Message
The National Water Model Vision
Transforming NOAA Water Prediction: The New National Water Model
Perspectives on the National Water Model
FloodCast: A Framework for Enhanced Flood Event Decision Making for Transportation Resilience
Hurricane Harvey and the National Water Model
Contributions of the Academic Community in Advancing the National Water Model
Turning on the Faucet: Making National Water Model Data Flow
The New Economics of Water: Balancing Urban and Agricultural Water Needs on Colorado’s Front Range
What’s Up with Water: United We Stand, Divided We Fall: States Rights and WOTUS Rule
International Conference Recap
AWRA State Section and Student Chapter News
December JAWRA Highlights
In Memoriam: Ari Michelsen
2018-2019 Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship Opportunities
AWRA Board of Directors 2018 Call for Nominations
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Intro
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover1
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover2
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 3
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 4
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - President’s Message
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - The National Water Model Vision
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 7
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Transforming NOAA Water Prediction: The New National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 9
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Perspectives on the National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 11
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - FloodCast: A Framework for Enhanced Flood Event Decision Making for Transportation Resilience
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 13
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Hurricane Harvey and the National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 15
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 16
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Contributions of the Academic Community in Advancing the National Water Model
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 18
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - Turning on the Faucet: Making National Water Model Data Flow
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 20
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - The New Economics of Water: Balancing Urban and Agricultural Water Needs on Colorado’s Front Range
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - What’s Up with Water: United We Stand, Divided We Fall: States Rights and WOTUS Rule
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 23
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 24
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - International Conference Recap
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - AWRA State Section and Student Chapter News
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - December JAWRA Highlights
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - In Memoriam: Ari Michelsen
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - 2018-2019 Richard A. Herbert Memorial Scholarship Opportunities
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - AWRA Board of Directors 2018 Call for Nominations
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover3
Water Resources - IMPACT - January 2018 - cover4
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