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O'Halleran speaks at Verde River Basin meeting Monday

Former Arizona Senator Tom O'Halleran of Sedona will speak about water issues during the Verde River Basin Partnership's quarterly meeting Monday in Clarkdale.

The meeting starts at 2 p.m. at the Yavapai College's Clarkdale Campus, 601 Black Hills Drive, Building M, Room 137.

O'Halleran's presentation is called "Sustainable Water Resources - A Regional Issue."

He now is vice chair of the Verde River Basin Partnership's Coordinating Committee and will be making presentations for the partnership throughout the Verde River Basin.

The partnership has been waiting four years for money for water studies called for in the congressional legislation that created the partnership.

Members of Congress have been reluctant to push for study money because Prescott-area municipalities refuse to join the partnership.

"I am concerned that some elected officials within the Verde River Basin have chosen to not participate in the partnership or allow the necessary science to proceed," O'Halleran said.

"I do not know how these elected officials expect to achieve their own stated goals of a sustainable regional water resource based on best-management practices and to protect the Verde River and its tributaries without the science envisioned in the USGS/Partnership scope of work and reviewed by the Arizona Department of Water Resources."

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