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Sat, July 20

Sierra Club sets river training

The Sierra Club will train volunteers Saturday to help monitor the water quality and quantity in the Upper Verde River.

The training session takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It starts with classroom learning at the Jerome Fire Station, then moves to Deadhorse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood to show volunteers how to properly take water samples.

People interested in volunteering can call 602-253-9140 or e-mail

Arizona's Grand Canyon chapter of the Sierra Club received a club Water Sentinel grant to create the volunteer water quality monitoring program.

The club recently nominated the Verde as one of the 10 most endangered rivers in the country, citing Prescott's groundwater pumping plans in the aquifer that supplies much of the flow for the upper Verde.

Volunteers will help with at least three monitoring activities by measuring streamflow and collecting water samples. The club also wants them to help with at least one streamside clean-up.

By learning about the river, people also learn to care about it, said Sandy Bahr, conservation outreach director for the Grand Canyon chapter.

"The Sierra Club was founded on connecting people with places," she said.


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