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Water Awareness Month

April is Water Awareness Month!

We are hosting a kick-off breakfast on March 31st, in honor of League water champion Dorothy Hores and featuring Tom O'Halleran speaking about how we can help protect the Verde River and its watershed for our region's future.

TOM O'HALLERAN ON PROTECTING WATER RESOURCES -- MARCH 31, 2010

Everyone in Arizona is concerned about water. After all, it is a desert state where so much of our water has to be transported hundreds of miles to support our growing communities. Here in the high desert, our communities are part of the Verde River Watershed, and it is threatened. Former State Senator, Tom O'Halleran, is continuing the battle to help the people of Arizona preserve their water resources, starting with the Verde River.

On Wednesday, March 31, from 8 to 10 a.m., the League of Women Voters Sedona-Verde Valley will present Tom O'Halleran as the featured speaker at a kick-off Water Awareness Month breakfast at The Old Sedona Bar & Grill, 1405 West 89A in Sedona. Tom will talk about the Verde River Basin Partnership and the promised federal funding from Senator John McCain.

"The Verde River is one of the most important water supplies in Arizona," stated O'Halleran. "This river basin supplies water to almost 3 million people. We need to know how sustainable this supply is. Without that information, we could run our watershed dry before we know it."

At the breakfast, attendees will be able to take action on this issue. The Verde River Basin Partnership has information and letters people can send to Senator McCain urging support for the work of the Partnership.

"This is an excellent example of why we have Water Awareness Month," said Jawn McKinley, chair of the Sedona WaterWise Alliance. "Tom is providing people with important information about their community. Then he's giving them the tools they need as citizens to help their government make the right choices for our future. It's a presentation we're not going to miss."

In addition to O'Halleran, the breakfast will honor Dorothy Hores who for many years led the campaign for water conservation in Northern Arizona. "Dorothy was a true water champion, a tireless fighter for this issue so important to our community," recalled Barbara Litrell, former president of Keep Sedona Beautiful. While a leader with the League, Litrell, with the help of Dorothy Hores, initiated Water Awareness Month - A Call to Action, in 2003. She will speak about Dorothy and her passion for common sense water conservation in the desert.

The cost for the breakfast is $10, payable at the door. Please contact Fran Levengood at 928-554-4509 by Monday, March 22, if you plan to attend the breakfast.

The event is funded through the Sedona WaterWise Alliance with a grant from the Sedona Community Foundation.

PRESS RELEASE COURTESY OF JOHN NEVILLE, PRESIDENT OF SUSTAINABLE ARIZONA. To learn more about Water Awareness Month, visit the April Calendar of Events at the Sustainable Arizona website.