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Central Arizona's Verde River bubbles up from high desert grasslands near Paulden and creates a green ribbon of life providing exceptional habitat for migratory birds, butterflies, plants and countless other species. Human residents rely on the river to quench their thirst, water their crops,and to experience the beauty and relief that running water brings to the arid southwest. Unfortunately, the life supporting Verde faces many threats.  
All photographs by Christopher Marchetti
All photographs by Christopher Marchetti
All photographs by Christopher Marchetti
All photographs by Christopher Marchetti
All photographs by Christopher Marchetti
All photographs by Christopher Marchetti
All photographs by Christopher Marchetti
The cities of Prescott and Prescott Valley plan to pump the aquifer that provides water for the upper reaches of the river and  build a pipeline to carry  it to feed the virtually uncontrolled growth of new developments.
Since the Big Chino aquifer - the site of the proposed pumping - is the only year round source for the upper 23 miles of the river, if the pipeline project goes through, the river would most certainly go dry in the summer months, suffering the same fate as other formerly lush Arizona waterways, the Salt, San Pedro, the Gila, and the lower Colorado.
Riparian (stream side) vegetation covers far less than 1% of the Southwestern landscape, yet provides habitat for more species of birds than all other habitats combined.  In Arizona, three quarters of all vertabrate species depend upon riparian habitat for at least some portion of their life cycle. The Southwest has lost 90% of this habitat, to pumping, dams, and developmnet, making the reamining free flowing streams even more precious.
All photographs by Christopher Marchetti
Since 2007 I've worked on numerous initiatives to  advocate for the Verde River and it's inhabitants.  Here are a few of them, from the silly to the serious, to the seriously silly. The guiding principle in designing all of these events is that we are more creative and effective when we act out of love rather than fear.  
The Prescott Public Library has a wonderful exhibit area called the "Viewerie"  where community groups can share their enthusiasms.The Verde River viewerie exhibit project began in 2008 as a Prescott College funded Sustainability Exploration and Education (SEED) program and Allison Trowbridge's senior project. Allison and I worked with Center for Biological Diversity staff Joanne Oellers and Michelle Harrington, and the wonderful photographer Gary Beverly.  In January, 2011, Gary, Michelle and I expanded the exhibit to fill the entire display area and added key information on the Verde River wild and Scenic proposal.
In May, 2011, Michelle Harrington and I installed the Verde exhibit at the Sedona Public Library.  
A little street theater on behalf of the Verde River, Prescott AZ, January 2009.  Michelle Harrington as the Bald Eagle, Joanne Oellers presenting thousands of signatures to the Prescott City council, Tom  Agostino singing a Verde River version of Muhlenburg County, Megan Buchanan Cherry as the bulldozer and Edie Dillon as the infamous Water Guzzler (aka, City of Prescott.)
The Refrigerator Magnet Poetry Approach to writing a letter advocating for the Verde River!  at the Raven Cafe, Watershed Wednesdays.
Wellspring StudioArtist StatementSculptureWall SculptureExhibitionsThe Water CouncilYellow Dirt TestimonyVerde River

Wellspring StudioArtist StatementSculptureWall SculptureExhibitionsThe Water CouncilYellow Dirt TestimonyVerde River