The State of the Verde: The place Do We Go from Right here?

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Keep Sedona Beautiful is hosting its Preserving the Wonder Speaker Series Monthly Webinar on Wednesday, April 14th at 5pm

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Keep Sedona Beautiful is hosting its Preserving the Wonder Speaker Series Monthly Webinar on Wednesday, April 14th at 5pm

This month’s virtual guest is Nancy Steele, an Arizona native and Executive Director and CEO of Friends of the Verde River.

Friends of the Verde River work together for a healthy Verde River system. According to Steele, “Arizona’s Verde River is one of the last healthy flowing river systems in the state, a place of beauty and tranquility, an economic engine for Arizona, and a national treasure known for its wild and scenic values.

Despite the drying climate and increasing groundwater pumping, the Verde is at risk of drying out.

What can we do to save this hard working river? “

Prior to joining Friends in 2018, Steele was Executive Director of the Council for Watershed Health in Los Angeles for 10 years. She co-founded the Arroyos & Foothills Conservancy in 2000 and was President / CEO until 2011 and Director of Conservation in 2017.

Prior to her community service, Steele worked for various California environmental and health agencies, focusing on reducing the environmental and health effects of pollution, including diesel emissions from heavy trucks and buses, and lead poisoning in children.

She is a board member of the Infrastructure Funding Alliance and the Arizona Forward Northern Regional Council.

Steele received his PhD in environmental science and technology from the University of California at Los Angeles. She received her MS in Zoology from Arizona State University; and her AB in Biology from Occidental College.

She was born and raised in Phoenix and loves being outside, especially in the Southwest.

She and her husband have been running a city beekeeping for 40 years.

Keep Sedona Beautiful’s monthly Preserving the Wonder Speaker Series focuses on presenting a variety of programs relevant to our region’s unique environment.

Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc. has been a nonprofit since 1972 and is committed to protecting and preserving the unique scenic beauty and natural surroundings of Greater Sedona now and in the future.

KSB’s activities range from education and advocacy to practical duties like lifting trash, maintaining the quality of Oak Creek and maintaining the dark, star-studded night skies of Sedona.

For more information on Keep Sedona Beautiful, visit keepedonabeautiful.org.

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