Verde Valley AZ (October 23, 2018) – More than 16,000 new homes are slated for Prescott and central Yavapai County in the coming decades despite the problem that groundwater pumping exceeds natural and artificial replenishment and has decimated Del Rio Springs, drained wells in Williamson and Chino Valleys, and threatens the Verde River.
Where will the water come from for Jasper, Deep Well, Arizona Eco, and other developments?
Gary Beverly, president of the Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) will explain how Arizona water law facilitates new development through special exemptions and loopholes that circumvent and weaken intended groundwater protections when he speaks to CWAG on Saturday, Nov. 10., from 10 a.m. to noon at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation building, 882 Sunset Ave., Prescott.
Beverly holds a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California. After moving to Prescott in 1974, he taught physical science and alternative energy at Yavapai College, then worked as a farmer, contractor, and business owner. Since retiring, he has been an environmental activist focused on protecting the Verde River. He joined CWAG in 2010.