Before finishing my work at The Arizona Republic, I completed several projects. This is one of them, the first story in a three-part series focusing on Arizona’s desert rivers. azcentral.com/in-depth/news/…

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While many stretches of Arizona’s rivers have dried up due to diversions, dams and groundwater pumping, much of the Verde has continued to flow year-round, nourishing a rich ecosystem. Yet there is nothing in Arizona law that protects the river’s flows. azcentral.com/in-depth/news/…
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"We must modernize Arizona water law," Gary Beverly says. "Arizona water law is designed to facilitate economic development and growth. It doesn't even mention environment. It has no concern for rivers at all.” azcentral.com/in-depth/news/…
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"I suspect one of these days, the Verde is going to dry up, in the near future here, at the rate we’re going,” says Vincent Randall of the Yavapai-Apache Nation. "It would be a wasteland.” azcentral.com/in-depth/news/…
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Replying to @ByIanJames
What a gift you have given to the Verde and Arizona's rivers and waters on your way to LA, @ByIanJames. Many thanks!
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I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn more about the Verde and Arizona's rivers talking with you, and to share it all with the public. Thanks again.
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Replying to @ByIanJames
You are missed. Great article.
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Thanks so much.
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