Welcome to Citizens Water Advocacy Group

The Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG) promotes a sustainable water future in the Upper Verde River Basin and the Prescott Active Management Area.

We educate the public, encourage citizen action, and advocate for responsible governmental decision-making.

Please explore our website to discover the Verde River, to protect our water resource, to learn about CWAG, to study our resource library, to participate in our work, to ask questions, and to support our efforts.

Current Issues:

Big Chino Ranch Pipeline Project 123
10 Reasons to Protect the Verde River 2785
Video and info: 2016 CWAG Candidate Forum 1663
Fred's Rainwater Harvesting Tips 1824
Op-Ed: The Water Game 2737
The Prop 400 Process 4848
Del Rio Springs in Decline 1600


  • "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