The Verde River Crisis - Aingeal Rose & Ahonu interview Debra Emmanuelle
World of Empowerment
The Verde River Crisis - Aingeal Rose & Ahonu interview Debra Emmanuelle
March 9, 2024
Aingeal Rose & Ahonu interview Debra Emmanuelle about her concern for Arizona's 170-mile-long Verde River—a lifeline for an array of wildlife and local communities now threatened by pollution and overuse. Joining us is Debra Emmanuelle, a committed advocate for the river's survival. Debra, a fervent water enthusiast, will detail her shocking discoveries about the contaminants seeping into the river because of effluent disposal practices by cities like Sedona, jeopardizing not only water quality but also the delicate balance of the ecosystem that depends on it.
We explore the Mother Earth Restoration Trust’s mission to nurture nature through education and land conservation—seeking to restore harmony to our world. From speaking about rivers rich in pharmaceuticals to discussing innovative water purification technologies like Analemma, we look at the critical steps taken to save the Verde River.

We echo the call for heightened awareness, action, and the need for a balance that honors both the masculine and feminine forces of nature. We also highlight the Trust's initiatives to test for contaminants, remediate affected waters, and engage the broader community.

The Verde River is one of Arizona’s last free-flowing rivers. It is home to beaver, river otters, native fish, great blue heron, gray fox, bobcat, javelina, bald eagles, and a myriad of native reptiles and amphibians. It also has nearly twenty federally designated endangered species and is a critical flyway for migratory birds. It contains miles of lush riparian habitat, 40 of which are federally designated Wild and Scenic River, and hosts a rare Fremont cottonwood/Goodding Riparian Gallery Forest—one of only twenty remaining in the world.

Stick with us to understand the urgency of safeguarding our most precious resource—water. This is more than just a conversation—it's a step towards the revitalization of our planet.

About Debra Emmanuelle:

Debra, a talented healer and conscious individual whose life has always revolved around a deep affinity for water, found herself embarking on a significant life change by moving to Arizona—a place seemingly devoid of the vast, oceanic expanses she so loves. Despite the absence of an ocean, Debra immediately sensed an undercurrent of aquatic energy permeating the desert landscape. Her intuition was later confirmed when she discovered the region had been submerged underwater six times throughout Earth's history. Debra remains a water person at heart, connected to the essence of water even amidst the dry desert. Her website is:

Donations to The Mother Earth Restoration Trust can be made on their website at:

00:00 Verde River: 170 miles in Arizona.
04:30 Verde River Greenway State Natural Area overview
08:13 Visionary agricultural project for self-sustaining greenhouses.
12:25 Concerns over effluent contamination in Arizona's aquifers.
15:43 Little Chino aquifer pumping threatens Verde River.
17:25 Concern over water usage and impact on environment.
22:05 Trust secured land, owe $406,000 for loans.
26:19 Compassion and love are critical for harmony.
29:51 Funding community testing to clean water contaminants.
32:29 Promising Dutch company creates irreversible water purification.
38:14 Opposing judgment; creating community education programs.
39:52 Local meetings aim to raise collective consciousness.
40:57 Donate at Mother Earth Restoration Trust website.
46:13 Plenty of water in Ireland, who cares.
47:00 World of Empowerment website for updates and check-ins.

Questions to ask yourself after watching or listening:

1. What are the primary factors contributing to the potential drying up of the Verde River, and how are these impacting the surrounding ecosystems and communities?
2. Can you elaborate on the methods being used to raise awareness about the Verde River's issues, and what have been some of the most effective strategies for community engagement?
3. How have traditional city practices, like injecting effluent into aquifers, affected the water quality in Sedona, and what steps can be taken to mitigate these impacts?
4. What are some of the challenges faced when communicating the importance of water conservation and river restoration to local officials and the wider community?
5. Debra discussed a need for balance between masculine and feminine energies in the context of nature restoration. How does this concept play into the practical efforts of the Mother Earth Restoration Trust?
6. Could you share more about the new technologies that Debra mentioned, such as the device for purifying water called Analemma, and how they could revolutionize the way we manage and treat our water resources?
7. What are the specific goals and plans for the 43 acres of land owned by the Mother Earth Restoration Trust, and how does securing this land tie into the wider mission of environmental rehabilitation?
8. How do pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals end up in the river systems, and what impact do they have on the local wildlife and human populations?
9. Debra emphasized the need to listen to "native waters." Could you delve into what this means and how it informs the approach to environmental stewardship and river restoration?
10. Considering the financial challenges mentioned, such as the debt owed on the land purchase, what avenues are available for supporters to contribute to the efforts of the Mother Earth Restoration Trust, and what outcome is the Trust aiming for with these resources?