Our History

 The Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) was organized following a citizen workshop on water trends held at Watson Lake on Oct. 12, 2002. The initial focus was on citizen interest in the responsible use of our scarce water resources and resulted in the desire to create a local advocacy group related to water issues.

CWAG conducts informative water-related educational presentations on the second Saturday of each month in Prescott. See our calendar for details.

Our future efforts are focused on promoting greater citizen participation and collective change to realize a sustainable water future for us and our children, to achieve safe yield in the Prescott AMA, and to preserve the natural and historical flow of the upper Verde River.


  • "Ranchers need clean water for their stock, farmers need it for their crops, every employer needs it to stay in business, and every living thing needs it for life... The law needs to be clear to protect water quality and the rights of landowners."
    Mark Udall
  • "Water is the driver of Nature."
    Leonardo da Vinci
  • "When the well is dry, we know the worth of water."
    Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1746
  • "...and since flow of information is to spirit what water is to life, we'd best think about how to keep the pipes free and unclogged."
    Raphie Frank
  • "In an age when man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs for survival, water along with other resources has become the victim of his indifference."
    Rachel Carson
  • "We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one."
    Jacques Yves Cousteau
  • "Water is life's matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water."
    Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine
  • "Water is everywhere and in all living things; we cannot be separated from water. No water, no life. Period..."
    Robert Fulghum
  • "It's the water. Everything is driven by the water."
    Mike Thompson
  • "Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over."
    Mark Twain