Save the Dells

Political Action Committee
Summary
Create Conservation Project/Cause - Political Action Committee | Walt Anderson
Purpose/Mission: 
As champions of expanded and protected open space and other issues important to the people of the region, and in collaboration with like-minded area groups, Save the Dells will continue to use its voice and influence to address these critical issues that impact our quality of life and that of future generations. We aim to secure benefit for people, wildlife, and community.
Saturday, 15 July, 2023

Our vision is that all residents of Central Yavapai County, including area leaders, are informed and engaged in decisions that reflect our values, promote continued open space conservation, result in science-informed sustainable water-management policies, and address the concerns of the public regarding growth, thereby enabling all members of our diverse community to achieve a good quality of life while preserving natural ecosystems.

 

Save the Dells started as the grassroots effort of Prescott area residents committed to preserving the iconic Granite Dells landscape as permanently protected public open space for the benefit of wildlife, for our quality of life, and for a sustainable economy.

We are business owners, students, educators, public servants, scientists, doctors, realtors, athletes, retirees and more. Whatever our background is, we all value the Dells as Prescott's crown jewel of our spectacular natural surroundings, and we are thinking BIG about what’s best for our region for generations to come.

Background: 

Walt Anderson served on the City of Prescott Open Space Acquisition Advisory Committee for about ten years. He co-authored the Open Space Master Plan, which was approved by the City in 2008. Then, with two colleagues, he co-founded the non-profit Granite Dells Preservation Foundation (GDPF) in 2010. He remains the only member of the GDPF board to have been active from the beginning. In 2015, he and a few others founded the political action committee, Save the Dells, to be an activist group to complement the work of GDPF. It has been phenomenally successful in getting the City of Prescott to assure protection of 475 acres of critical open space in the Granite Dells, saving it from a horrific development proposal. Save the Dells built a constituency of thousands that has had favorable outcomes in electing conservation-oriented mayor and council members. It has inspired the creation of several other complementary political action committees that work for better government transparency and accountability, open space acquisition, controlling development, and vital water conservation and management. Walt has given many presentations and writes a weekly Wild Wednesday photo essay to inspire and mobilize conservation action. His artwork and photography are part of this action.