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May 6, 2009

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May 6, 2009

CWAG, Citizens Water Advocacy Group is one of my favorite non profits because of the technical and scientific back ground of many members and a diversity of other interested and active community members. We have so much expertise and it is all volunteer! Our secretary and calendar update folks are organized and efficient and keep all the members informed. Our president serves with expertise and a sense of humor that helps us over the rough spots occuring occasionally with politicans. CWAG has made a difference in our community by informing people of scientific studies and giving educational talks to multiple and varied groups. Again, this is all accomplished by volunteers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

increased awareness by educational talks given to the community

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

apply for grants.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

community connection and activism

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

intelligent and efficient in sharing their knowledge with the community

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have a powerful affect on our community by more education that would affect the sustainability of water in this desert community

Ways to make it better...

we had more cookies after the meetings.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

turn coat politicans and lack of money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

these volunteers give it their all and have been so effective in teaching our community about the problems mining ground water and the results this has on free flowing rivers and streams.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 30, 2009

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April 30, 2009

Several years ago I was worn out fighting various battles, generally as a result of being active in several non-profit organizations. At that time I, largely, withdrew from many of my prior activities. However, about two years ago I heard about the Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) here in Prescott, and the good things it was doing. After hearing more about the organization I decided to attend a meeting of the group. Learning more about CWAG’s objectives, and meeting some of its many highly qualified and capable people, I decided that what CWAG represents was very important to the community—and worthwhile of my becoming an active member. Since that time I have been welcomed as an active member of the group in several ways (in addition to just attending meetings). First, I was one of three members who analyzed a report prepared by Elliott D. Pollack & Co. titled “Big Chino Water Ranch Project Impact Analysis: Prescott & Prescott Valley, AZ” . My review found numerous errors in the study; my analysis, along with that of the two others has been posted on the CWAG web site. Next, when learning that the city was seriously considering entering into a Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) in connection with the possible funding, construction, and/or operation of the Big Chino Pipeline I decided to learn more about the experience of PPPs and privatization of water in the U.S. and in other countries. My research of this area revealed serious issues in the use of PPPs and/or the privatization of water. The paper I prepared has also been posted on the CWAG website. While I am still learning some of the complexities of water issues in Arizona, I have considered my experiences with CWAG to be very valuable, as well as educational, and a good investment of my time. I encourage others to participate in its activities.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attempting to have our city prepare a mitigation plan for the impact that the Big Chino pipeline might have on the Verde River.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

attempt to get more publicity for our activities.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting the highly qualified people that are active members.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

interesting and well qualified.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a significant impact on water issues in the state of Arizona.

Ways to make it better...

CWAG had more publicity of its activities and more members from the general public.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

being steamrollered by the city government, based on the resources available to the city.

One thing I'd also say is that...

while the organization is not large it is having an impact on our area.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 29, 2009

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April 29, 2009

No one in CWAG gets a dime for the hours of service they provide. Their motive is to make and keep the Prescott area a great place to live. Without CWAG the public would have only developers watching out for quality of life and sustainable water policy. Developers are the folks who rushed to P&Z to get 32000 lots platted in 1998 when ADWR announced that the Prescott area was mining ground water unsustainably. Was that in the citizens best interest? Follow the money!More citizens should get involved with CWAG and water issues to decide if local government represents what you want for Prescott.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Courier reports their positions on some water issues. The Prescott City Council is so worried that CWAG's message will be recognized as the truth that they have hired a PR firm out of Phoenix to try to promote non-science illogical positions, like saying pumping in the Big Chino will have no effect on the Verde River.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to get the public aware of the consequences of poor water policy. In the words of the director of the ADWR, if the Prescott area does not find a way to stop depleting the aquifer, eventually it will become a ghost town

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Volunteers all are seeking good science and truth. They know what they do will not affect them during their lifetimes, but they want their legacy to be providing a sustainable water policy for future generations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional thoughtful dedicated people working selflessly to assure that future generations will still be able to enjoy the beauty of this area. These people all have lives and family to take care of, but have recognized the void of local government watching out for current citizens, and have chosen to give their time to give citizens a voice.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Counteract the non-science spin the cities have promoted to the naive public

Ways to make it better...

CWAG had 10% of the money that the developers and the local governments have spent to discredit CWAG science-based positions on water.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The public has not spent the time to realize how poorly government is serving them. As long as water comes out of their faucet when they turn it on, they ignore water issues. It has to be an urgent crisis to get their attention.

One thing I'd also say is that...

History will judge what we do today. The quest by developers to make millions with no moral conscience for future generations will be condemned as selfish greed. Another unhappy "Tragedy of the Commons"

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 28, 2009

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April 28, 2009

I'm always impressed with the amazing work that can come out of an all-volunteer organization, and this group is no exception. "Staffed" with an incredibly knowledgeable, active and resilient board, this group is equally big on advocacy and education. Monthly meetings bring membership and the general public up to speed on numerous local water issues. You'll also find these folks at many of the local county and municipality meetings and forums intelligently articulating the issues to the public and decision-makers. Without their voice in the Prescott area, citizens would get only one side of the story consistently--that of local governments and developers through their PR hacks.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the change of tenor in public meetings of local governments. These folks know their stuff!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable, active, friendly and marvelously outspoken.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

completely change water policy in Central/North Central Arizona.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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