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20 May 2014

Charles Corrado wins Member Volunteer Challenge grand prize

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Written by: Charles Corrado

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Charles Corrado standing by the San Pedro River. As you can see, it is but a small stream now. At one time, small boats were able to travel on this river.
I live in the Southwest, which has been and is in a severe drought for the last 14 years. It's a very fragile environment with limited water resources. The San Pedro River, which is one of the last un-dammed rivers in Arizona, and the entire USA, is slowly dying.
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Charles Corrado (right) and a Sierra Club member monitoring the groundwater levels of the San Pedro River using the latest measuring technology.

I belong to a non-profit group called "The Friends of the San Pedro River" (www.sanpedroriver.org),email: fspr@sanpedro.org. This group is dedicated to preserving this last remaining vestige of a once thriving Riparian that has supported human population for thousands of years.  It is a life line to many species of birds and mammals that depend on it, in fact, bridge work was suspended for several months to accommodate the migratory birds that depend on the river for survival.

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Members of the Friends of the San Pedro standing in front of a collection of debris and chairs that had been picked up along the river by them.
My participation in this effort has been volunteering to clean up the debris that has collected along the river due to human misuse. This involves walking along the river at various points with large bags to collect this debris and dispose of it properly. In conjunction with this organization, I belong to the Sierra Club (Member # 46999022) www.sierraclub.org. I, along with others, monitor the groundwater levels and water quality levels in the San Pedro River Riparian. In addition, I try to make as many people as possible aware of this situation. Both groups work closely with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and I have been on several field trips with the local BLM ranger.

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