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Sedona AZ (February 23, 2010) – Join the Verde River Basin Partnership with Tom O’Halleran on March 31, 2010, at the Olde Sedona Grille in west Sedona for a breakfast hosted by the League of Women Voters. The breakfast is open to the public and the topics of discussion will be water preservation and the action necessary to preserve Arizona water resources.

Gardens for Humanity will be offering information about the local foods of Arizona at New Frontiers grocery store during the afternoon of April 2, 2010. Stop by the outdoor table for free information and say that the Sedona Eye sent you.

Bringing Water to Sedona-Past and Present with Paul Thompson and Paul Kaiser will be presented on April 7, 2010, at the Sedona Heritage Museum in uptown Jordan Historical Park. Thompson and Kaiser will speak about the ditches of Oak Creek Canyon. This is a free public event for all well-behaved ages. Call the Sedona Heritage Museum for more information at 928-282-7038.

During the evening of April 7, Sedona area residents and guests are welcome to the Sedona Public Library for a public lecture entitled “Sustainability, Our Water, Our Food, Our Communities” with Guy McPherson, UofA School of Renewable Natural Resources. There will be a free mini-exposition of water and energy technologies hosted by Sustainable Arizona.

Arizona beautiful spring desertKSB Native Plant Workshop “What to Know, What to Grow” is scheduled for April 10, 2010, at the Sedona Red Rock High School Performing Arts Center in west Sedona. There will be presentations on local plants, gardening secrets, rainwater harvesting with an admission payable at the door or contact KeepSedonaBeautiful.org.

The Sierra Club will host the film “Power Paths” with Andy Bessler on April 11 in the afternoon at the Sedona Public Library and that evening, a guest panel of experts in regional biology, hydrology, water management, and ecology will meet and discuss conservation and resource use issues at the Sedona library. The event is free to the public and will feature a mini-expo hosted by Sustainable Arizona.

Healthy Living Healthy Earth, an Earth Day celebration will take place at Posse Grounds Park, City of Sedona, and will feature booths, speakers, and music. This event is free to the public. Contact Sedona City Hall at 928-203-5057 for more information, date and time.

“Water to Wine” at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood is an evening with Verde Valley Wines, local foods and music from William Eaton and Friends hosted by the Verde Valley Wine Consortium and Sustainable Arizona. The pubic is invited and there is a fee for wine tasting. Visit OTCA.org for information.

Come to the Dead Horse State Park in Cottonwood, Arizona, for the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival, a three day event not just for the birds. Visit BirdyVerde.org for more information about this fun weekend event open to the public.

These events are being staged through the Sedona WaterWise Alliance, a collaboration of organizations that include: Sedona Women, Sustainable Arizona, Keep Sedona Beautiful, Sedona Public Library, Center for Biological Diversity, Sedona Schools, Verde Valley Birding, League of Women Voters, Arizona Water Company, Gardens for Humanity, New Frontiers, Sedona Recycles, Verde Earthworks, and others with support from the City of Sedona, Pink Jeeps, Sedona Times Newspaper and on-line SedonaEye.com News and Views, and a grant from the Sedona Community Foundation.

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  1. Sue Bullock says:

    ‎Dr. Danny Reible presented eye-opening information during his presentation this month in Dallas to the Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. He explained the impact droughts have on the state’s ability to meet its electricity needs. In short, Texas’ water supplies and electrical grid are intricately linked.

    According to Reible, who heads UT’s Center for Research in Water Resources, 41 percent of the state’s water withdrawals are for power plants. Utilities return much of the water they withdraw; still, they use plenty of it to cool down their plants.

    That turns into a real challenge during times of severe drought. Electric companies get 77 percent of their water from lakes, rivers and other forms of surface water.

    Of course, lakes and river flows are often the first to get hammered in a drought. Evaporation can kill them, as North Texans witnessed in spectacular fashion when Lavon Lake started drying up in 2011.

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