The Verde Business Conservation program funds conservation, restoration, and education projects that help preserve, restore, or enhance the Verde River and its tributaries.

Project proposals are accepted from public land managers, local municipalities, non-profit organizations, or community groups. Once proposals are received, our advisory council chooses the best projects based on environmental impact, community involvement, and available funding. All funded projects are to be completed within a 12-month period. Verde Conservation projects include trail building and improvements, river access points maintenance, water conservation efforts, habitat restoration and improvements for river recreation, such as boating, fishing, and birding.

Request For Proposals 2020 Grants

The 2020 granting cycle will open in August 2019.

Application due: October 1, 2019
Grant awards announced mid November 2019
Awards distributed early January 2020

2018 Funded Projects

Springs Stewardship Institute – Springs Online Database

The Verde River Basin (VRB) is a large watershed in central-northern Arizona. As an arid land river, it is subject to highly variable surface flow inputs, but its base flow is sourced from a number of springs. The purpose of this report is to provide a summary of springs ecosystem data for the Verde River […]

Oak Creek Watershed Council – Water Quality Field Days

Over the years, Oak Creek Watershed Council has hosted numerous opportunities for Verde Valley youth to engage in environmental stewardship by learning about human impacts on ecological health of their surrounding waterways. This year, OCWC will work with University of Arizona Cooperative Extension’s Mobile Water Quality Lab again to not only test for E.coli ; […]

Verde River Institute – Water Quality By Drone

The Verde River Institute has conducted more than 1100 water quality samples using a drone-deployed sampler on the Middle Verde reach of the Verde River in the last 12 months. The parameters tested are: water temperature, pH, total dissolved solids, oxygen level (ppm), turbidity and E. coli (MPN). E. coli tests are done on an […]

2017 Funded Projects

Dry Creek Restoration, Arizona Wilderness Coalition

The Dry Creek Restoration project will benefit the Verde watershed by restoring a portion of the Dry Creek drainage, a tributary of Oak Creek. Removal of illegal dams and debris will restore natural drainage, allowing the forces of water and wind to shape habitat for native flora and fauna. Trash removal should aid in reducing […]

Verde Watershed Ambassador Program, Oak Creek Watershed Council

The Verde Watershed Ambassador Program demonstrates a broad approach of Best Management Practices for watershed visitors, residents and property owners to help them understand how to reduce E. coli loads from entering into Oak Creek due to irresponsible recreation practices and day-to-day activities that contribute to nonpoint source pollution. In 2014, the Ambassadors picked up […]

Vets for the Verde, Vetraplex Adopt-a-Vet

Each season, October through February, VWRC partners team up with us to train and employ otherwise unemployed Veterans to manage invasive species within the Verde River and Oak Creek watersheds. The Vetraplex has been a VWRC partner for the past five years. The VWRC partnership efforts have not only successfully improved riparian habitat for fish […]

2016 Funded Projects

Phase II of the Jail Trail, AZ State Parks

The Jail Trail is a greenway loop trail linking Old Town Cottonwood to the Verde River and its unique Fremont Cottonwood/Goodding Willow gallery forest. The trail has the potential to be a multi-phase project that yields great recreational and economic benefits to residents, tourists, and Old Town Cottonwood businesses. This project could highlight the strong […]

Verde Rules, A Signage Program, Town of Camp Verde

Residents whose properties adjoin the river suffer a litany of problems from trespass, to dumping, to off-road vehicle traffic. Those residents, as well as public land managers, whose properties adjoin the river, are requesting the posting of a variety of signs along the corridor, at river access points, parks and on public and private land. […]

2015 Funded Projects

Water Sampling Week, Oak Creek Watershed Council

Water Sampling Week, hosted by the Oak Creek Watershed Council and the University of Arizona Water Quality Extension will educate hundreds of local students about the importance of water quality in Oak Creek and in any watershed they visit or live within. This project would fund up to 10 schools from the Flagstaff/ Sedona/ Verde […]

Verde River Ambassadors, Town of Clarkdale

$5,000 was awarded in October 2015 to support the Verde River @ Clarkdale’s Ambassador Program. The purpose of the Ambassador program is to provide public education and to protect resources while encouraging responsible recreation.This grant will help fund ambassadors at Lower TAPCO access point reduce litter and increase compliance with posted regulations and vehicle registration.

2014 Funded Projects

Kiosk for the Jail Trail, City of Cottonwood

In May 2014, $500 was awarded towards construction of this information kiosk in Old Town Cottonwood. Our selection board chose this project because it fit our mission and formed an alliance with the City of Cottonwood and the Old Town Business community. It looks great and welcomes visitors to the Jail trail, an important connection […]

Water Stewardship Program, Verde Natural Resource Conservation District

One for the Verde awarded the Education Center of the Verde NRCD $2,700 to fund the Water Stewardship Program (grades 5th-8th), which educates youth about the importance of wise management of natural resources with an emphasis on water conservation. Through this program, students learn to appreciate our natural resources by understanding how they are interconnected. […]

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