Adam Yablonski will provide a brief description of the Edwards Aquifer, including the demographics of the region, and give an overview of the political history that led to the permitting of water rights.
Brown Bag Webinar - Balancing Water for People and Nature: The Upper San Pedro River
Scott Deeny, Water Program Lead, Arizona Chapter of The Nature Conservancy
Holly Richter, Arizona Water Projects Director, The Nature Conservancy
Flowing from Mexico into Arizona, the San Pedro is one of the last large, undammed rivers in the Southwest that flows year-round in many of its reaches. Just north of the border, it winds its way for 43 miles through the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, which provides critical habitat for millions of migrating birds and a wide variety of other wildlife. These lush streamside forests and the wildlife they sustain in turn rely on the same limited water resources as local communities in the region, large copper mines, irrigated agriculture, and the US Army’s Fort Huachuca. This presentation will provide an overview of the science, projects, and policies collaboratively developed over the past 20 years in the region to meet the water needs of both the river and local communities.
Scott Deeny has served as the Water Program Lead for the Arizona Chapter of The Nature Conservancy since 2016. Before that, he spent 17 years practicing water law in both private practice and as Deputy Counsel for the Arizona Department of Water Resources.
Holly Richter serves as the Arizona Water Projects Director for The Nature Conservancy and assists local communities with developing water projects that enhance water supplies along the San Pedro River, Verde River, and the Colorado River/Delta in Mexico. She was a founding partner of both the Upper San Pedro Partnership and the Cochise Conservation and Recharge Network.
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