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Gary Beverly to outline concerns & goals of the Yavapai Sierra Club

PRESCOTT—Gary Beverly, President of the Yavapai Group of the Sierra Club, will talk about the looming environmental challenges expected with a Republican president and majority in Congress this year at the first meeting of the Yavapai County Democratic Party at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 12 at the Adult Center, 1280 E. Rosser St., Prescott in the Meals on Wheels dining room.

A donation is requested for the potluck event: $10 for those attending without a dish, $5 for those who bring a dish. Please contact the Democratic headquarters at 928-541-0413 to inform the YCDP if you plan to attend.

Beverly, who is also Chair of the Education & Policy Committee for the Citizens Water Advocacy Group, was a college professor, contractor and retail business owner. He retired in 2006 and began working to protect the Verde River, maintain clean air and water, and safeguard public lands in northern Arizona.

The local, state and federal branches of the Sierra Club are gearing up to counter an expected assault on the environment, against federal protections of land and animals and the continued exploitation of water—not to mention more climate change denial and efforts to overthrow the progress that’s been made.

Beverly will make a visual presentation to convey the extent of the challenges facing the environment in the coming years. They include countering the Upper Verde Watershed Coalition and their questionable “vegetation management” scheme as well as the planned use of the Big Chino Water Ranch.

Other issues pending in Arizona include the Governor’s Water Augmentation Commission, which is expected to favor corporate development over protecting water sources and the Arizona Corporation Commission’s anti-solar actions, even as Arizona becomes one of the top solar energy producing states.

Additionally, Beverly will address plans by the Sierra Club to reinstate the Rainwater Harvesting Tax Credit. He will discuss the Sierra Club report card on 2016 Arizona Legislature, which is mostly negative—including the actions of local Republican representatives Noel Campbell, Karen Fann and Steve Pierce

Beverly said he has an urgent message for everyone who seeks to protect our water resources and who believes that sustainable energy is important.

“We all need to be especially energetic and committed and passionate,” said Beverly, who will explain ways that everyone can help in protecting the environment in 2017.