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Big Chino Ranch Pipeline Project

CWAG reviews four issues with the project and concludes that, despite claims to the contrary by elected officials, there is no economic or human safety need that dictates building the Big Chino Pipeline now.

There is no evidence that the BCWR is the optimal or sufficient alternative to assure a sustainable water supply, and substantial scientific study shows that the BCWR will threaten the upper Verde River. The Big Chino Water Ranch project should be postponed until the issues and concerns listed are resolved, and should only proceed if key issues are resolved that assure a sustainable water future for the Upper Verde River and the Prescott Active Management Area. 

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    Rachel Carson
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