Protect Arizona’s Rivers, Streams, and Groundwater
Nearly forty years ago, when Congress passed the Clean Water Act, it set the goal of making all of our nation’s waters safe for fishing and swimming and to advance the ultimate goal of “restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s surface waters.”
While many successes and improvements have occurred since passage of this landmark legislation, we still have much to do, and there are continued and growing threats to this important law and all that it protects.
Current News/Take Action!
May 2, 2013, The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club released the Going With the Flow report, summarizing the results of over five years of volunteer flow monitoring on the upper Verde River by the Arizona Water Sentinels, a grassroots citizen science program that focuses on monitoring and protecting Arizona rivers and streams. Click here to read more. (66 KB pdf)
January 22, 2013, Sierra Club Comments on Temporary Individual Aquifer Protection Permit No. P-106360 for the Florence Copper Project, Production Test Facility. To download a PDF version of the comment letter sent to ADEQ, please click here. (170 KB pdf)
Get involved in our Water Sentinels program! Check our online calendar for upcoming opportunities.
Check out our latest action alerts to take action on current water issues.
For information on more ways to get involved, upcoming meetings and events, and more, please contact Sandy Bahr at (602) 253-8633 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Steve Pawlowski at (602) 254-9330 or email@example.com.
Water Sentinels Project
The Sierra Club’s Water Sentinels program mobilizes volunteers to protect, improve, and restore our waters through hands-on conservation work, public education, and citizen action. Our Sentinels work throughout the state, but our current focus is on the Verde and San Pedro rivers, where we monitor water quality conditions, and the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area in Phoenix, where we conduct monthly weed-and-clean events to protect this important riparian area. We also organize stream clean-ups on many of our waterways.
Learn more about this program using the links below or contact Steve Pawlowski, our Water Sentinels Coordinator, at (602) 254-9330 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Going With the Flow - A summary of five years of Water Sentinels flow data collection on the Upper Verde River
Upper Verde Wild and Scenic Proposal
The upper Verde River in Arizona has been a candidate for designation as a Wild and Scenic River since 1982 when the Prescott National Forest prepared the first eligibility study for the area. Since that time, the river has been well researched, providing a more complete understanding of its outstanding and remarkable ecological value. Although the Verde River is the longest living river surviving in Arizona, threats to the upper Verde River and its riparian habitats appear with increasing frequency and severity. Three decades later, protecting the upper Verde River is more important than ever. Now is the time to designate the Upper Verde Wild and Scenic River. The Sierra Club is part of an effort to do exactly that.
We encourage you to learn more about this proposal and the Verde River. For more information on the Wild and Scenic Proposal, please contact (602) 253-8633 or email@example.com.
Water Factsheet (168 KB pdf) – learn more about Arizona’s water resources, the Clean Water Act, and how you can get involved
Bottled Water Brochure (946 KB pdf) – find out the truth about the bottled water industry and its effect on our health and environment
The Clean Water Act and the Verde River (9MB pdf) – discover if and how the Clean Water Act protects the Verde and similar rivers in our state and what more can be done
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To get involved with the Sierra Club’s water work in Arizona, please contact our office at (602) 253-8633 or by email.
Are you interested in learning more about water issues in Arizona and ways to get involved? Would you like to work with others who are interested in the same? Get involved with the Water Sentinels! Contact Steve Pawlowski at (602) 254-9330 or by email.
Please help us in our effort to protect the local streams in Arizona with your tax deductable donation to the Water Sentinel Project.