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 unique environment, vibrant economy, and quality of life for future generations. We work collaboratively to restore habitat, sustain flows, and promote community stewardship to support a healthy Verde River system.

Our Programs

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Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition

Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition is a public/private partnership to implement the Cooperative Invasive Plant Management Plan a strategy to remove invasive plants from the riparian habitat of the Verde Watershed.

Verde River Exchange Program

Verde River Exchange

The Verde River Exchange Water Offset Program connects Verde Valley homes and businesses to help reduce the impacts of groundwater use on the Verde River and its tributaries.

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One for the Verde

One for the Verde is a local business partnership that supports conservation efforts across the region. By participating in One for the Verde, local businesses and their customers support a fund that is used to support sustainable recreation, environmental education, habitat restoration and water quality projects.

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Verde Land and Water Planning Toolbox

The Toolbox is an online resource that provides information about policies, model ordinances, and other tools to improve the integration of local land use planning and water management decisions for local communities.


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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.

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