Print Club warns drought, pumps may drain Verde River
Written by Mark Lineberger   
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 03:26

A study released by the Sierra Club argues that flows in the upper Verde River could become intermittent within the next two decades if current drought conditions and other trends continue.

After monitoring the flow of the Upper Verde River for the past five years, the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club released a report arguing that flows in the river could become intermittent within the next two decades.“The upper Verde River has been retreating downstream from its former headwaters for at least the last 40 years,” the report said. “As the river retreats downstream and its base flow decreases, the upper Verde River is literally ‘going with the flow.’”

The Arizona Water Sentinels, Sierra Club volunteers that have been monitoring the river, have been taking measurements in the upper Verde River since 2006.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, June 19, edition of The Camp Verde Journal or the Cottonwood Journal Extra.