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9/29/2012 5:39:00 PM
Verde River Basin Partnership sponsors river presentations

On Oct. 3, 2-4 p.m. the Verde River Basin Partnership (Partnership) is sponsoring two presentations about the Verde River. The presentations will take place at the Yavapai College Campus, room M137 in Clarkdale located at 601 Black Hills Drive. The talks are designed to expand your knowledge on how the Verde River is impacted by seasonal precipitation changes and irrigation. The public is encouraged to attend these two informative presentations.

Dr. Edward Wolfe, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) geologist (retired) and current chairman of the Verde River Basin Partnership's Technical Advisory Group will present "New USGS Seepage-Runs Report for the Verde River in the Verde Valley-Overview of Results." Wolfe is well versed in the geology and hydrology of the Verde River Watershed and has written extensively about scientific research within the watershed. He authored the Partnership's Water Resource Notes #1 titled "The Verde River-A Desert Treasure At Risk" which can be found at Dr. Wolfe's presentation will highlight (1) the USGS well-documented findings that address the difference between the amount of water diverted from the river and USGS estimates of the amount that is actually needed to support irrigation, and (2) why this matters in terms of future water needs in the Verde watershed.

Steve Ayers is a reporter for the Verde Independent and for years has written articles on the many aspects concerning Verde River Watershed resource issues and education. He also is president of the Eureka Ditch Board of Directors. Ayers' presentation is titled "Surface-Water Irrigation Practices in Oregon--Lessons Learned and Possible Applications in the Verde Valley." He will address steps that could be planned or are being developed to increase the efficiency of surface-water irrigation, and thus keeping more water in the river.

These presentations are part of an ongoing series presented by the Partnership and the Verde Watershed Association (VWA). Each month the Partnership and VWA sponsor a presentation or field-trip on issues relevant to the preservation of the groundwater and surface waters of the Verde River Watershed. To find out more about these events and other educational materials relating to shared water resources visit

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