In a time of uncertainty about water security in the Quad-City area, can lessons from our history help us shape our future? 


A refreshing take on the topic of water management, GROUNDWATER To enact a law for the common good… makes its Northern Arizona debut in Prescott on May 17th.  


This 26-minute documentary, told with humor and through moving interviews, recounts the contentious battle among farms, cities, and mines that led to the passage of the celebrated Groundwater Management Act of 1980 - Arizona’s most significant step in protecting its water resources.


Following the film, renowned water authority Kathleen Ferris will lead a diverse panel of state and local water experts, along with filmmaker Michael Schiffer (who wrote the features “Colors”, “Lean on Me”, and “Crimson Tide”) to engage the audience in a creative solutions-oriented conversation. Ms. Ferris was involved in the Act’s negotiations, supervised drafting, and produced the film.

Come to watch the inspiring film, stay to discuss our water and future quality of life.

Distinguished panelists include: 

•   Tom Buschatzke, Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources

•   Greg Kornrumph, Manager-Water Rights, Salt River Project (SRP)

•   Sarah Porter, Director, Kyl Center for Water Policy at ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy

•   Thomas Thurman, Chairman, Yavapai County Board of Supervisors

•   Doug Von Gausig, Director, Verde River Institute and Mayor, Town of Clarkdale

•   Michael Schiffer, Trustee Professor, Dodge School of Film and Media Arts, Chapman University 


$10 general admission.   


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