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Arizona Vineyards Adopt Water Exchange

Two Arizona vineyards are participating in a new water exchange to deal with groundwater depletion and balance use of water from the Verde River.

The Rio Grande has been the lifeblood of the valleys and civilizations it flowed through for more than 3,000 years. As cities and farms suck it dry and a warming climate makes it evaporate faster, the river's future has never been more uncertain.

Two Arizona vineyards are participating in a new water exchange to deal with groundwater depletion and balance use of water from the Verde River. The Verde River Exchange connects residents and businesses that have agreed to reduce water use to offset the amount of groundwater pumping. (National Geographic)

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