The Verde River is one of Arizona’s most important natural resources. On behalf of The Nature Conservancy, I applaud the leaders of Prescott, Prescott Valley and Salt River Project for working together on an agreement that considers the health of the Verde River and its ability to meet the needs of the people and wildlife that rely on it.
Water management and rights are complex issues in Arizona. The February 11 initial agreement between the cities and SRP sets a strong precedent for how Arizona can solve its water issues – by collaborating, outside of courtrooms and across the lines of geography, politics and special interests that too often divide our state.
Arizona’s future requires us all to work together to balance the needs of our economy and of our environment. This agreement is a good first step in promising a healthy future for both.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.