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The long, narrow Blue Ridge Reservoir holds some 14,000 acre-feet, but two years of drought have left it half full, although mechanical problems have shut down Salt River Project’s pumps.

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Endangered watershed

Aerial tour underscores danger to water supply on which Rim Country depends

The dry and spindly forest rises and slopes across the terrain, an unbroken ocean of trees crowding right to the edge of a sinuous snake of aqua-blue, with a shed skin of raw, exposed rock. Rim Country’s future lies beneath that unbroken canopy of tinder dry trees and along the twisted banks of that canyon-caught Blue Ridge Reservoir, as revealed this week during a helicopter tour hosted by the Salt River Project.

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