Why are freshwater ecosystems so important, how are they threatened and what can we do to protect them?
Questions and answers about a new state-level legislative proposal to secure the viability of Arizona’s rivers, streams and springs will be addressed at a citizen-organized public hearing presented by the Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) and partner organizations on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, 10 a.m. - noon at the Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation building, 882 Sunset Ave., Prescott.
Ecological water, the water needed to sustain freshwater ecosystems, is a central focus of the proposed legislation, which recognizes ecological water as a beneficial use and creates a state program to study and manage waters that support and insure the health of freshwater bodies, their wildlife habitats and the livelihoods of the people who rely on them.
This People’s Public Hearing, the fourth in a series held around the state to inform officials and the public about water-related issues and to record valuable perspectives and reactions from the audience, is presented by CWAG, the Arizona Sustainable Water Workgroup, and the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club. Speakers are Gary Beverly (CWAG), Sandy Bahr (Sierra Club), Tricia Gerrodette (Tucson Audubon Society), and Vincent Randall (Yavapai Apache Nation). The event is free.