Linda Stitzer is a long-time Arizonan and retired water resource planner including 25 years at the Arizona Department of Water Resources where she was the Planning Section Supervisor and Director for the Tucson Active Management Area. In addition, she was a Rural Watershed Partnership Program manager focusing on statewide water needs and issues, providing technical and planning support to watershed partnerships in southern Arizona. She was the principal author and co-manager of the Arizona Water Atlas, a compilation of water resource information for the entire state.
As the Arizona Senior Water Policy Advisor for Western Resource Advocates, Linda authored several studies assessing water demand and water conservation and reuse opportunities in the San Pedro and Verde River watersheds to reduce groundwater pumping impacts to river flow. This included a water resource and conservation assessment for the Town of Camp Verde, the Verde Land and Water Toolbox and a study of strategies to reduce water demand from wells near the Verde River and Oak Creek. She is especially interested in the potential to “build-in” water use efficiency through land use planning. She loves to be outdoors birding, camping, working in the dirt, exploring the canyons of southern Utah, and hiking – with a goal to complete the Arizona Trail.