Arizona Land and Water Trust has hired Bailey Kennett to head its Desert Rivers Program.
Kennett most recently worked at the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, a program within the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, in Phoenix.
She obtained her master’s degree in Water, Society and Policy at the University of Arizona in 2017 and was a graduate research assistant at the UA Water Resources Research Center, where she worked primarily on water supply and demand planning in the Upper Gila River Watershed. Simultaneously, Kennett served as project management team support for Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Santa Cruz River Basin Study, an effort to explore the impacts of climate change on water supply and demand in the Tucson basin through 2060.
She was previously an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she developed training events, support materials and outreach products to promote disaster preparedness and response for water utilities. Also while in Washington, Kennett served as the western water intern with American Rivers, where she examined the connection between groundwater overdraft and river conservation.
Arizona Land and Water Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to protecting Southern Arizona’s vanishing western landscapes, its heritage of working farms and ranches, wildlife habitat and the water resources that sustain them. Since 1978, the Trust has protected nearly 50,000 acres in Southern Arizona. It is accredited by the national Land Trust Alliance and won the Alliance’s National Land Trust Excellence Award in 2016.
The Trust’s innovative Desert Rivers Program promotes the use of short-term water lease agreements and addresses both the needs of local agricultural producers and the needs of river systems by compensating farmers and ranchers who put water back instream to support healthy habitat and hydrologic function.
As Arizona’s only water trust, the Trust has secured 2,530 acre-feet of water for the environment along the Gila and San Pedro rivers since its Desert Rivers Program was launched 10 years ago.