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3/2/2013 1:05:00 PM
Letter: Time to welcome infamous Sand Trout to Verde River


Sand trout may be living in the Verde River!

Sand Trout were first reported by the Frumivus Bandersnatch Satirical Newspaper to be living in the Santa Cruz River. The once mighty Santa Cruz, pathway for Spanish colonizers, is now dry except for a 20-mile stretch downstream from the International Waste Water Treatment Facility serving the U.S. and Mexican cities of Nogales. The Sand Trout doesn’t like effluent but there is plenty of dry riverbed left for them.

Sand Trout are adapted to breathe air and require hot and dry conditions. Its rubbery body is sold in toy stores. To catch them you must troll with a 2-by-4 board and use empty beer cans as lures. If caught, they are ready to eat, having their skin already removed by abrasive sand particles and cooked by the friction of dragging them through the sand!

They have become such a popular icon of our water-deprived rivers that Tucson now has a Sand Trout celebration on the first 100-degree day of the year. Sand Trout artwork and plaques appear on some bridges.

We too can have a thriving population of Sand Trout. Fed by the once fabulous but now mostly dry Del Rio Springs, there is a five-mile stretch, formerly headwaters of the Verde River, now suitable for Sand Trout.

The following actions are easy and require no sacrifice except from future generations:

• Accelerate development in the Big Chino and Williamson valleys. The Yavapai Ranch development recently approved by the Yavapai County Commissioners is a good start.

• Cut down as many trees in the riparian zone as possible so that evaporation and temperatures will rise.

• Dig more wells in the Verde Valley. A 30 percent increase in population could mean 9,200 wells instead of 6,400, Wells should be dug within 100 feet of the river to remove surface water from the river more efficiently.

• Make no requirements of ditch owners to repair or improve them. Allow heavy equipment to invade streams and build dirt diversion dams because they will wash out and load the stream with sediment in the next heavy rain.

• Keep the price of water low to encourage consumption and discourage conservation.

• Increase runoff and flooding thereby decreasing ground water replenishment by concreting driveways and building bigger parking lots. Let ATVs have free access to all public lands to accelerate soil compaction.

• Allow livestock access to the river so they can eat the grass and tree seedlings and break down the banks.

Get busy on your sculpture and plaques to welcome the Sand Trout.

Carol Grieshaber


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: Recharge the aquifer...

Drink lots of imported beer and water and pee in your yard.

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: Country living in Rimrock

One to the greatest feelings I got from moving out of Cottonwood was the fact that the city could no longer rob me every month using my water bill as the weapon! Water 6 houseplants every month and it would cost you in excess of $85.00

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: Alarmed and paying attention

From 30 seconds of research online...
How Much Water Does a Dishwasher Use? Most models average 3-4 gallons. To earn an Energy Star rating since August of 2009, a machine is required to use 5.8 gallons of water or less.

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: @ Slater Slater

Toilets haven't used 5 gallons per flush in oh about a decade. Most toilets now are in the 1.5 gallon range. If one is still using the old style 5 gal. type, let it mellow if its yellow!
I loved the Sand Trout piece. It is imperative that our biggest challenge is NOT water or resource conservation. Our biggest challenge is to stop growth. Stop trying to convince people to move here, particularly those who want a lush lifestyle. Want a golf course? Move back east. Want tons of water? Move to the Gulf Coast.
Our biggest challenge to our resources and our lifestyle is growth. Replace only what we lose.

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: Fisherman Joe

Cute - but the sky is not falling.

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

You forgot to mention adding more arsenic to
the drinking water.In the long run that will deter

Posted: Monday, March 4, 2013
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Have you looked at yourselfs and can say that
you conserve water,gasoline etc.I'm sure we can do much better.
How many million gallons of gasoline a day we
could save(thus reducing the cost of gas) if we
drove one less day per week.(park it on wknds)
Dishwashers use 50 gallons,toilets 5gallons per flush.Watering bushes etc.Try it for 2 months and see your savings grow.Or NOT

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: The Eagles

Trade succulent carp--our primary food source--for sand trout?


Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: Nux Man

!!!!!!!!! - FISH ON - !!!!!!!!

Posted: Sunday, March 3, 2013
Article comment by: Dan McLaughlin

Everything you mentioned in your letter is already taking place, and I know that you already know it too. As friends of the Verde and as hopefully a voice for so many creatures that depend on the Verde river for survival, we all need to do everything in our power to keep the entire length of the Verde river flowing.

The Verde river is centrally located in this state and provides more water to the states aquifers than can ever be accurately measured.
The effect of having the water pumped from the Big Chino and drying up the upper portions of both the Verde and Sycamore will destry a large portion of some of the most beautiful and natural areas in this state.

This is a desert state and there is only so much water to go around, so the smart thing to do is to limit new growth. If we don't limit new growth, we will exhaust our resources, and we will all have to leave, kind of like termites do, and I thought we were supposed to be smarter than termites.

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