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7/1/2014 1:24:00 PM
Letter: Verde Valley needs short-term and long-term water planning


Tony Gioia's op-ed about planning for future water needs while we have time is timely. An additional 40 feet in Lake Powell will not negate the effects of an extended drought or eliminate the need to begin short-term water conservation measures and planning to meet long-term water needs in the Colorado River Basin including the Verde Valley.

In the Verde Valley we continue to pump groundwater faster than it is being replenished, putting the Verde River at risk. We need to implement short-term conservation measures including more efficient irrigation, rain water collection and use of low water plants for landscaping. At the same time we must begin to plan how we are going to meet the growing demand for water in the future due to population growth.

It took 75 years to complete the last major water structure - the Central Arizona Project. If we begin now we can meet our current and future water needs, all while keeping water in the Verde River that benefits recreation, riparian areas and the wildlife we enjoy in the Verde Valley.

Chris Jensen


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Article comment by: Tom Babbitt

The plan is to treat us like prostitutes for tourism. How many new businesses has Cottonwood opened after they outlawed misters. Your leaders will pimp out your streets and your resources until your families are insolvent.

Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Article comment by: Live within your means

Problem is, there's no more water to be had, without desalinization of sea water brought in very long distances. That will make the CAP look cheap.

And guess who pays. Do you really want to be paying $600 a month for water?

And for what ... just so the Verde Valley can fill in wall to wall with red tile roofs?

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