Upper Verde River Threatened by Big Chino Pumping:
Why It’s a Big Deal
Zoom webinar on Saturday, Sept.10, from 10 am to noon
Groundwater pumping from the Big Chino aquifer is the single largest threat to the base flow of the upper Verde River, the headwaters of Arizona’s most extensive living river. The impact of that pumping, compounded by the effects of climate change, has resulted in an alarming decline of river flow. Gary Beverly and Ed Wolfe, both members of the executive committee of the Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG), will explain the connection between groundwater use and river viability, the flaws in Arizona groundwater laws that allow for unsustainable pumping and the critical importance of the upper Verde to the region’s economy and ecosystems.