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Working Collaboratively for a Healthy Verde River

The Verde River is one of Arizona’s few remaining flowing rivers. The river and its tributaries, such as Granite Creek, Sycamore Creek, Oak Creek, and Fossil Creek, provide lush corridors of life as they wind their way through beautiful, iconic, and arid landscapes. The Verde River system is an environmental and cultural treasure for local communities, the state of Arizona, and beyond.

Friends of the Verde River (Friends) envisions a healthy, flowing Verde River and tributaries that support our natural environment, vibrant communities, and quality of life for future generations.

We work collaboratively for a healthy, flowing Verde River system.

Sustaining
Flows

We work to sustain Verde River flows by reducing human impacts through nature-based solutions, and by creating offsets for groundwater pumping impacts and projects that lower the consumptive use of water.

Restoring
Habitat

We work to restore the Verde River system to provide habitat for wildlife, support healthy watershed function, and contribute to the economy in the region.

Promoting Community

We work to create positive and memorable impressions and experiences with various publics, leading to more support for conservation of the Verde River system.

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Top 10 Reasons We Love the Verde River

I Heart the Verde River
  1. The Verde River and its tributaries are a regional, state, and national treasure. The river and humans within its watershed are inextricably interconnected.

  2. The Verde River is one of the very few remaining perennial rivers in Arizona, providing a lush corridor that stretches from Paulden through the communities of Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Yavapai-Apache Nation, Camp Verde, and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation before it makes its way to the Phoenix area.

  3. The Verde River and its springs are essential to the cultures and traditions of many native peoples from the ancient Sinagua and Hohokam peoples to present day Yavapai, Hopi, Apache, Zuni, and other tribes.

Verde Watershed Map - Top 10 Reasons

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