Letters: Our job should be to protect, not exploit, the Verde River


The powers that be at the Town of Clarkdale have set about methodically to destroy the very river they claim to revere.

They have begun to turn a long stretch of it, from Tapco to Tuzigoot, into an amusement park ride. The photo on the front page of December 14th's Verde Independent shows the Verde River looking just like Disneyland.

The beautiful Verde River and its riparian corridor is a treasure we are fools not to protect. It is where many of us go for solace and solitude, to enjoy a quiet hike or a horseback ride, to do some bird watching or catch a glimpse of wildlife, or go for a swim on a hot summer day.

Allowing hundreds of people a week to overrun that stretch of river will destroy the peaceful environment we seek along the river's banks.

Most of the wildlife will vanish, will be driven away from the corridor it is so dependent upon.

"Clarkdale setting commercial Verde River capacities," the article begins. The notion of commercialization of the river is abhorrent to me.

Promoting, marketing, making money, all of that is profane in relation to the river. How much is too much? ANY of it. ALL of it. It's a fragile ecosystem that will not bear up.

"Over-exposed, commercialized." That's what you're doing.

I have lived within a five-mile radius in Clarkdale and Cottonwood since 1971, and this valley and the river are precious to me.

They are not just commodities. Must humans overrun every inch of this planet?

Does something have value only if money can be made from it?

Is nothing sacred?

Judi Lindner Avery



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