Granite Creek in Prescott: Working for Wildlife

Walt Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies, Prescott College

By Walt Anderson

Wood Duck, Granite Creek, Prescott AZ, courtesy Walt Anderson

Prescott’s creeks suffered from many years of human abuse, but the trend since 1995 has been toward better protection and management. Wildlife populations along the creek, including spectacular waterfowl like Wood Ducks and Hooded Mergansers, have rebounded significantly, but development threats to Granite Creek and the spectacular landscape of Granite Dells have awakened citizen efforts to save as much as possible of the remaining wildlife habitat. The entire community—people and wildlife alike—stands to benefit.

The City of Prescott lies in a bowl formed by the Bradshaw Mountains and Sierra Prieta. A half-dozen small creeks running through the city converge into Granite Creek, which is impounded as Watson Lake as it leaves the City. Below the dam, the creek winds through the spectacular rock formations of Granite Dells. Then it descends into valley alluvium until it reappears at the surface just above its confluence with the headwaters of the Verde River.

Wood Duck, drake, reflections, courtesy Walt Anderson

As was typical during early settlement days, the creeks became the dumping grounds, industrial sites, and sewage drains, but gradually, the perceived value of the creeks rose with better understanding of both health/safety issues and aesthetics. In 1995 the City of Prescott and the non-profit Prescott Creeks established a 126-acre preserve known as Watson Woods in what had been a highly altered floodplain used for gravel extractions and garbage-dumping just upstream and south of Watson Lake Reservoir. Passive and active restoration efforts have resulted in amazing recovery of riparian woodland and marshland, and in 2011, this area was recognized as part of the Watson and Willow Lakes Ecosystem Important Bird Area (IBA). It is an impressive example of how a highly degraded area can become prized “natural area” benefiting people and wildlife alike.

Downstream from Watson Woods, the large reservoir provides abundant outdoor recreation and waterfowl habitat. The abundance of water birds and introduced fish attracts species high on the food web, including Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, and White Pelican. The creek itself supports several pairs of the rare Common Black Hawk, and Yellow-billed Cuckoos have nested there.

Watson Lake meets Watson Woods, autumn, courtesy Walt Anderson

Two of the region’s most colorful duck species occur here: the Wood Duck and the Hooded Merganser. The intensely colorful Wood Duck is a rare breeder in Arizona, mainly nesting here on Granite Creek and in parts of the Verde Valley. It is a year-round resident, at times gathering in small flocks of up to 50 birds but often in small parties along the creek. At times the birds move to Watson or Willow Lakes, but most of the time, they occur in the wooded riparian areas.

The Hooded Merganser is a wintering migrant, spending time here between October and April, then nesting in northern states and southern Canada. They are more likely to be seen on open lake waters, but they frequent Granite Creek at times, their own colorful patterns rivaling those of the Wood Ducks.

Hooded Merganser, hen, courtesy Walt Anderson

Deer, bobcats, foxes, raccoons, and other mammals thrive along the creek, and both resident and migratory birds are well-served by the healthy riparian community that has returned after decades of abuse. Many birds rare in Arizona have been sighted in this riparian oasis.

So while we celebrate the return of wildlife in the once-destroyed Watson Woods area, we are mindful that the integrity of riparian areas downstream from the dam and in valleys within the Granite Dells could be severely compromised without immediate attention to protection and management. Fragmentation of habitat, as so often occurs with poorly planned development, is a major threat to wildlife populations.

Hooded Merganser, drake, courtesy Walt Anderson

It has been said that a landscape without wildlife is mere scenery. Today, people hiking, biking, and horseback riding on existing trails around Granite Creek and the Dells are often treated to wonderful wildlife sightings, and there is no doubt that wildlife contributes to high-quality recreational experiences.

Watson Lake meets Watson Woods, autumn, courtesy Walt Anderson

Prescott is growing rapidly, and development is putting pressure on remaining unspoiled lands. While the City has an excellent trails system, there is potential for creating a much larger interconnected public open space system, which proponents, such as the non-profit Granite Dells Preservation Foundation, are envisioning as a Granite Dells Regional Park. This would include accessible developed sites such as at Watson and Willow Lakes, as well as wild peaks and valleys in the one-of-a-kind Granite Dells ecosystem, which the City already touts as its top scenic natural attraction. This vision could be accomplished through land-use zoning for functional open space in planned area developments and also through fund-raising for additional land acquisition. Success will depend a great deal on winning the support of City Council members, whose decisions will ultimately determine what kind of city will result.

Walt Anderson

Walt Anderson taught classes (including Wetland Ecology & Management, Wildlife Management, and Natural History & Ecology of the Southwest) at Prescott College for 27 years. He is a wildlife artist, photographer, and international expedition guide who devotes a large share of his time to conservation issues, including serving with the Granite Dells Preservation Foundation.

Painting the Water in Arizona, Scarce but Oh, So Beautiful

Guest Post by Barbara Kemp Cowlin

Why would I paint images of water when I live in Arizona?

Many people ask me this question and I always answer that the scarcity of water is why I am compelled to paint it. My subjects are water as abstraction, water with natural forms, the interaction of people and water. Water contained or harnessed in man-made situations is a new branch of my Painting Water series.

My first experience with painting water was when I lived in Santa Barbara and received an assignment in a painting class to go to the wharf, observe and then choose something to paint on site. The subject most students picked were the sailboats. I, however, looked down and was mesmerized by the reflections on the top of the water, the feeling of impenetrable depth and the changing colors. Did I create a successful painting? No. But the challenge never left me.

When I moved to Arizona long ago the thing I missed most about California was the ocean. While growing up in California, it was in a 10-year drought. When a rare rain occurred kids of all ages went outside to play in the puddles in our suburban neighborhood.

The scarcity of water wasn’t new to me. What was new was the way in which the desert atmosphere, blue skies and monsoon clouds create wonderful colors and reflections in the water. I’ve painted everything water from puddles to creeks, lakes and canals.

Lake•Boat•Wake, 36”x48”, acrylic on panel Barbara Kemp Cowlin
Lake•Boat•Wake, 36”x48”, acrylic on panel Barbara Kemp Cowlin

Lake•Boat•Wake, 36”x48”, acrylic on panel, is from the wake I saw at the back of a boat on Lake Powell.

Organic forms, rocks, reeds, create a different kind of challenge. In addition. I am capturing the movement in the water.

Catalina, 36”x44”, acrylic on canvas by Barbara Kemp Cowlin

Catalina, 36”x44”, acrylic on canvas. This is from a snapshot I took at Catalina State Park. A seasonal stream flows through the wash, which is what I captured in this painting. Beautiful grasses and flowers spring up and wildlife gathers around when the creeks is running. Hikers splash through it.

I work from snapshots taken with my iPhone. Once back in my studio in Oracle, after the images are downloaded I pick and choose, crop and print. Then I start to paint, usually working from 2 or 3 reference photographs for each painting and work on 3 or 4 paintings at the same time. I block in large shapes first and then add many layers gradually working into details.

I enjoy showing people interacting with water in various situations.

Jack and David Attempt to Capture the Beauty painting by Barbara Kemp Cowlin

Jack and David Attempt to Capture the Beauty, 36”x24”, acrylic on canvas. Located at Shinumo Creek along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, this painting illustrates my brother-in-law and nephew on a raft trip we took with them, as they madly shot photographs the entire 9 day trip. I never found out if they were happy with these photographs. I took the occasional photograph but spent most of my time looking. The results are a series of paintings using the photos for reference.

Next are images of water being controlled by man:

The Barrier, 36”x48”, acrylic on panel. This shows Glen Canyon Dam on the downriver side, where the Colorado resumes its’ flow. On the other side is Lake Powell, popular recreation area for people throughout Arizona and adjacent states. The Dam generates hydroelectric power to the tune of 4 billion kilowatt hours per year and provides water distribution to Colorado, Wyoming, most of New Mexico and Utah as well as to most Arizonans. It was and remains a controversial project because it filled Glen Canyon, a spot with stunning sandstone gorges, not to mention Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings destroying the environment of the area, but creating an entirely new place.

The Contradiction, 36”x48”, acrylic on panel, below, shows one of the many canals in Arizona. The Florence-Casa Grande Canal is part of the San Carlos Irrigation Project. This painting shows the canal just outside of Florence where you can see the otherworldly water tanks in the distance. The color of the water is just as I saw it, really!

Beauty Contained, 36”x48”, acrylic on panel, the view from inside the lobby at the Phoenix Art Museum looking out the window at the fountain. Not only does this fountain add beauty to the site, it also simulates the sound of running water. A lovely way to get into the right frame of mind to view the art treasures inside.

Barbara Kemp Cowlin has lived in Arizona for most of her adult life, in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Ajo and now, Oracle. She has a BFA and MA in art and has shown and been collected in Arizona and around the country. She paints daily in her 650 sq. foot studio steps away from her home in Oracle.

Experience “AZ H2O + Art” in Florence January 11th

A new water program has just been added in Florence!

Hoover Dam is an iconic marvel of American engineering. Created to manage the floodwaters of the Colorado River, the dam continues to affect Arizonans’ lives daily. But the Hoover dam is rarely thought of as a significant work of art. Since artists first visited our region, water has been a subject for their work, ranging from rivers and lakes to dams, agriculture and recreation. This program will explore works of art created over the past 150 years, and invite participants to discuss the various ways water is systemic to life in the Arizona deserts, mountains and the Colorado Plateau.

Friday, January 11
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Florence Library and Community Center – 778 N. Main St, Florence, AZ

Jim Ballinger is uniquely qualified to lead a conversation about the relationship between water and art, having served as the director of the Phoenix Art Museum for 33 years. During his tenure, the Phoenix Art Museum presented nearly 500 exhibits, 50 of which Ballinger personally organized. Ballinger has a keen interest in the intersection of art and water, and is a nationally respected arts advocate.

Celebrate Water/Ways in Florence November 17 through December 30

Florence has a long-term relationship with the Gila River and its water. The Gila riverbed goes directly through the town’s historic downtown core, which is designated a National Historic District. The town is one of the oldest municipalities in Arizona. It was founded in 1866 and serves as the seat of Pinal County. The first settlers in the area encountered the expertly engineered canals constructed by the Hohokam people centuries before, and wasted no time in resurrecting some of them to water their own crops.

McFarland State Historic Park will serve as the host for the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit. In addition, explore the companion exhibit Our Water-Past and Present at the Pinal County Historical Museum and attend programs and film screenings at the Florence Community Library.

Water/Ways Exhibition Special Preview “Our Water-Past and Present” 
Thursday, November 15
5:30 p.m.
Pinal County Historical Society Museum – 715 S. Main St., Florence, AZ

Water/Ways Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, November 17
1:00 p.m.
McFarland State Historic Park – 24 W. Ruggles St., Florence, AZ

Forced to Abandon Our Fields: The 1914 Charles Southworth Gila River Pima Interviews with Dr. David DeJong, Project Director, Pima-Maricopa Irrigation Project
Friday, November 30
6:00 p.m.
Florence Library and Community Center – 778 N. Main St., Florence, AZ

Water/Ways Movie Series 
Saturday, December 1
1:00 p.m.
Florence Library and Community Center – 778 N. Main St, Florence, AZ

Read more about Florence and view all Water/Ways Florence programs.

Check out the Florence Water/Ways Program Schedule!

Make a date to see these fantastic programs while Water/Ways is in Florence!

Water/Ways Program Schedule

November 17

1:00 pm

Grand Opening of Water/Ways in Florence

McFarland State Historic Park, 24 W. Ruggles St.,

Downtown Florence

The public is welcome to attend the Grand Opening of Water/Ways in Florence! The event will include remarks by local dignitaries and light refreshments. After experiencing the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit, the public is invited to visit the Pinal County Historical Society Museum to view Florence’s local Water/Ways exhibit.


Except as noted, all programs will be held at the Florence Library and Community Center, 778 North Main Street, Florence, AZ, (520)868-8311

November 30

6:00 pm

Forced to Abandon Our Fields: The 1914 Charles Southworth Gila River Pima Interviews; Dr. David DeJong, Project Director, Pima-Maricopa Irrigation Project   

The program will cover the period of the latter 19th and early 20th century, a critical time during which the economy of the Gila River Indian Community was decimated by upstream diversions from the Gila River. In 1914, Charles Southworth interviewed Pima elders who described these changes caused by upstream diversions and its impact on the economy of the Community. The program includes a brief modern history of events and recent efforts to restore the agricultural economy of the Community as exemplified by the Pima-Maricopa Irrigation District.

December 1

1:00 pm

Water/Ways Movie Series

Tthe library will feature a movie from the Water/Ways movie list. Contact the library for specific titles.

December 5

3:00 pm

Water in the Southwest: Where have we been, and where are we going? Dr. Jennifer Richter, Arizona State University, School of Social Transformation and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society

It has been said that, “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting.” This is especially true of water politics in the American Southwest, a region defined by its lack of water. The massive 20th century federal investments into dam systems controlled the great rivers of the West, allowing cities like Phoenix to “bloom like a rose” and grow exponentially. As we work for our future in the 21st century, many questions arise. Where does our water come from? Who benefited from changing water politics? How did moving water systems from one place to another affect different communities, and how have those effects been recognized through treaties and policies governing water? And perhaps most importantly, in the face of a changing climate; how sustainable are our present-day water policies and infrastructure? Join us for an interesting FRANK Talk on water in the Southwest.

December 8

1:00 pm

Water/Ways Movie Series

The library will feature a movie from the Water/Ways movie list. Contact the library for specific titles.

December 14

6:00 pm

Vision Realized: Ernest W. McFarland and the Central Arizona Project; Joanna Brace, Curator, Arizona State Parks and Trails

Known as “Mac,” Ernest McFarland had common sense and a common touch, but he was also a visionary. One of those visions was to bring water from the Colorado River to irrigate hundreds of thousands of acres in Central Arizona. It was a vision that had to overcome significant obstacles, but Mac had been preparing his entire life to lead the charge in the U.S. Senate. McFarland continued the fight as Arizona’s Governor in the 1950s until able to celebrate the passage of the Central Arizona Project bill in 1968. Today, water delivered by CAP impacts 80% of the state’s population, so remember to thank Mac the next time you turn on a tap.

December 15

1:00 pm

Water/Ways Movie Series

The library will feature a movie from the Water/Ways movie list. Contact the library for specific titles.

December 21

6:00 pm

Prehistoric Water Management Along the Gila River; Dr. Douglas Craig; President, Friends of Casa Grande Ruins

Visit Water/Ways in Miami-Globe through November 4

Water/Ways is officially open in Miami-Globe! The opening festivities included music and remarks from Vice President of Salt River Project John Hoopes and Congressman Ed Pastor. Be sure to also check out the companion exhibit of water photographs by local photographer Elizabeth Eaton.
September 22 – November 4
Thursdays-Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Sundays: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
150 N. Plaza Circle
Miami, AZ

Water/Ways Opens in Miami-Globe Saturday, September 22

The Smithsonian exhibit Water/Ways wraps up in Fort Apache this Sunday September 9. It will travel next to Miami, and reopen Saturday,September 22 at the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum. Bullion Plaza is “dedicated to preserving and presenting the culturally diverse history, the human experience, as well as exploring the natural environment unique to the Globe-Miami region of Arizona.” The building was known as the Bullion Plaza School in Gila County and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Miami is located in east central Arizona, and it is closely tied with the nearby City of Globe. The “twin” municipalities share a newspaper, a chamber of commerce, and a common cultural identity. Although the mining operations that support the economy depend on large amounts of water, there are no rivers or lakes in the area. The Gila River flows about 30 miles to the south through Winkelman. The Salt River and Roosevelt Lake, a large reservoir created by Roosevelt Dam, lie north of the communities. Miami and Globe rely for their own water supply on deep wells that tap into groundwater from the Cutter Basin. The Tonto National Forest surrounds the area on three sides. U.S. Highway 60 connects the towns, which are about four miles apart.


Dates: September 22 – November 4, 2018
Address: 150 N Plaza Circle, Miami, Arizona 85539-1629
Exhibit hours: Thursdays-Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sundays: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Water/Ways is sponsored by the Salt River Project, Nestlé Waters North America, the American Slavic Association, and Chaos RX Optics. 

Water/Ways opens in Fort Apache!

The Smithsonian Museum on Main Street Water/Ways exhibit arrived in Fort Apache, its second Arizona destination, on July 28. At the grand opening, visitors were greeted by Gwendena Lee-Gatewood, the newly elected White Mountain Apache Tribal Chairwoman, and Karl Hoerig, Director of the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s Nohwike’ Bágowa Museum.

Fort Apache and Theodore Roosevelt School National Historic Landmark

Fort Apache and Theodore Roosevelt School National Historic Landmark

Before the grand opening

Fort Apache installation

Before the Water/Ways exhibit could be celebrated at Fort Apache, it had to travel almost 300 miles from the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum. The exhibit consists of five large units that go together quite easily, but take up a lot of space—all of them are taller than a typical person, and the biggest unit is over thirteen feet long.

The Nohwike’ Bágowa Museum staff and volunteers had help from some experienced Water/Ways installers. Tom Foster, who was part of the Bisbee installation team and co-leads the Miami host site planning team, traveled to Fort Apache to help. Water/Ways State Scholar Paul Hirt was also on hand to lend his expertise.  His wife Linda Jakse and Jakse’s cousin Janez Fabijan, visiting Arizona from Slovenia, also helped with the installation.

“It was a pleasure and an honor to help install Water/Ways at Fort Apache. It was like piecing together a big puzzle, each piece fitting perfectly into the whole,” Hirt said. “Everything ran smoothly, just like water.”  He reported that the team “completely finished the set up by about 4:30 p.m. Even the electronics were on and working.” The electronic tablets integrated into the Water/Ways exhibit at Fort Apache support WaterSim Arizona, a simulation model that works like a game but teaches users about real water management dilemmas.

Tú hidaa diyinhi . . . Water is sacred

Fort Apache companion exhibit

Karl Hoerig demonstrates the watershed model at he grand opening

During the Fort Apache grand opening, community members strolled into the exhibit space, saw the tall, curving Water/Ways display, tried the interactive activities, and learned about water stories from the White Mountain Apache community. A companion exhibit detailing the area’s history and geography added a local perspective on the impact and importance of water.

Karl Hoerig demonstrated how these elements interact by making a simple watershed model. Visiting children learned how the local landscape affects water resources for people living not just in the immediate area, but in Arizona communities that are many miles away from Fort Apache.

Hoerig shared, “Water is a central focus of traditional Apache cultural understanding; it is recognized as being both sacred and alive, it plays key roles in stories of creation, and its availability was the defining factor in settlement, land use, and even social and political organization in pre-reservation times.”

Exploring the Water/Ways exhibit

The process to host Water/Ways brought the whole community together. Hoerig added, “When I learned of the opportunity to host Water/Ways, I knew that it would be relevant and timely for our audiences. So I consulted with our museum staff and advisors and the Tribe’s water resources folks to confirm that we wanted to host the exhibit. From there, we talked about what visitors needed to know about water from the Apache perspective. We recognized that we should present first some interpretation of the importance and meaning of water in Apache heritage, and we also wanted to provide additional information about what the water rights quantification agreement was all about. I then worked with the museum staff to develop text and choose images for the water heritage panels, and consulted with the water resources director and the Tribe’s water rights attorney on the text and images to be used to present the water rights agreement. I also consulted with and received approval from Tribal Chairwoman Gwendena Lee-Gatewood for the water rights quantification text. Ann Skidmore and Beverly Malone from the museum staff are our Ndee Biyati’i (Apache language) experts, and they provided all of the Ndee Biyati’i text.  I also worked with Lyndon Guy, UA GIS student and water resources staff member, to develop the maps. In doing research on all of the water issues, I began to find information about how significant the current drought is in historic terms, and that was the impetus for the “How dry is it?” panel that documents how the last year has been one of the driest ever recorded.”

Hoerig expects Water/Ways in Fort Apache to be a popular field trip destination for schools across a wide area. The exhibit is a fun way for kids to learn about the scientific and social meaning of water.

“We really want students who visit the exhibit to gain an awareness of the vital importance of water, and the reality of its scarcity in our region. We want local students, in particular, to know more about the Tribe’s water rights quantification agreement and to understand how important the agreement is to the Tribe’s ability to grow and thrive into the future,” added Hoerig.

Teachers can download free materials from the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street website to prepare their students for the Water/Ways experience, continue their water explorations in the classroom, or share their water projects with the world. Maybe a field trip to Fort Apache will inspire the next generation of water problem-solvers in Arizona!

Water/Ways at Fort Apache and Theodore Roosevelt National Historic Landmark

July 28 – September 9
Building 104 General Crook Street
Fort Apache, AZ 85926

For exhibit hours, contact the Fort Apache Heritage Foundation.

928-338-4625 or

Water/Ways Exhibit

Behind the Scenes: Launching Water/Ways in Bisbee

Water/Ways Bisbee Install

Water/Ways, a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit, made its Arizona debut at the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum on June 2. The grand opening was seamless, but that smooth launch depended on a lot of work behind the scenes.

Planning teams from future host sites Fort Apache, Miami, Florence, Sierra Vista, Dragoon, and Black Canyon City spent two days learning how to set the exhibit up in their towns by helping the museum staff do it in Bisbee. “We were fortunate to be the first site to host Water/Ways in the state,” says Museum Director Carrie Gustavson. “We had about twenty people to help us unload and install the exhibit!”

Planning for the installation actually began days before the helpers arrived. “The exhibit comprises five modular units of three different sizes, the largest thirteen-plus feet in length,” says Gustavson. “Although measurements were printed in the Water/Ways Local Coordinator Manual, laying out the actual panels was a very enlightening experience.”

Water/Ways Bisbee InstallLuckily, the museum had expert help. Carol Harsh is Director of Museum on Main Street, a division of the Smithsonian that curates high-quality traveling exhibits for rural communities. Harsh came to Bisbee with a vinyl “footprint” of the Water/Ways exhibit unit bases. “We spent several hours playing with the footprint to make it work the evening before the install workshop,” Gustavson recalls. The tall, undulating exhibit units had to fit into two antique rooms that have elegant high ceilings, but are not exactly spacious. “Carol and I kept sliding the vinyl pieces around the floor, then breaking down laughing at some of the odd configurations we came up with. However, the smart, modular design of the exhibit counters the panel sizes so it will work in all kinds of funky spaces, such as ours here in Bisbee.”

Water/Ways Bisbee InstallThe installation days were a flurry of activity. Some volunteers wheeled large black crates from the storage basement of a shopping arcade, pushed them across a bumpy road, and guided them into a side door of the museum. Others unpacked the carefully numbered rails, panels and placards and put them together with guidance from the installation handbook. With so many eager people helping, there were only a few hiccups during the assembly. The exhibit’s moving parts required extra time to attach to the panels, and a few leftover bolts and knobs inspired some nervous laughter when everything was assembled. Most team members, though, were surprised that the units came together so easily. As afternoon light streamed through the high windows and illuminated the tall panels, team members congratulated each other and marveled at the immersive beauty of the exhibit.

Gustavson and her staff in Bisbee have some advice for future Water/Ways host sites.

  • Get serious about setup. “Take advantage of the vinyl footprint before you even begin unloading. The shipping crates are keyed to each modular unit so you can build the exhibit in the order that best suits your space.”
  • Start recruiting reliable volunteers well before delivery and installation. “Get a lot of people to help you–pushing around and unloading twenty giant crates is a lot of work!”
  • Consider not just the space where the exhibit will be set up, but the terrain around the exhibit and storage sites. “The crates push easily on smooth flat surfaces,” Gustavson advises, “but if your community is anything like mine, smooth flat surfaces are a rarity.”

Water/Ways will be in Bisbee until July 15, then will travel to Fort Apache where it opens on July 28. The exhibit will visit ten more rural communities in Arizona through March 2020. For the complete tour schedule and everything you ever wanted to know about Arizona water, visit the Water/Ways Arizona web site at Congratulations to the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, the volunteer installation team, and the community of Bisbee on the successful Arizona grand opening of Water/Ways!

Water/Ways Install team poses with the Water/Ways Week Proclamation from Governor Doug Ducey

Water/Ways Install team poses with the Water/Ways Week Proclamation from Governor Doug Ducey

Governor Proclamation for Water/Ways Week

As part of the kickoff to the Smithsonian Water/Ways exhibit’s arrival in Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey has issued an official proclamation declaring June 2 – 8 as Water/Ways Week.

June 2 marks the official opening of Water/Ways at the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum. The exhibit will travel to 12 rural communities across the state through March 2020. Bisbee has planned a unique calendar of free programs during the exhibit that encourages visitors to learn, discuss, and reflect on water stories in the community.

Check out the proclamation below, and then explore the Water/Ways website for water stories, resources, and upcoming programs.