Friends of the Verde River, along with our partners in the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition, is thrilled to have won a FY 2021 Cooperative Watershed Management Program Restoration Grant from the Bureau of Reclamation to the tune of $97K!
“Friends of the Verde River and the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition, located in Central Arizona, will address water quality concerns in the Verde River watershed. Friends and the coalition will assess current water quality monitoring in the watershed and develop a collaborative water quality monitoring plan with the goal of attaining state clean water standards for healthy fish and wildlife and sustainable recreation. Addressing water quality monitoring and concerns are included as a conservation objective within the coalition’s 2019 strategic plan. The watershed contains multiple 303(d) impaired reaches and less than 10% of all stream reaches in the watershed had adequate water quality sampling in the last five years to be considered scorable by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Quality Index. The Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition includes 23 public and private stakeholder organizations, including local community governments, and over 235 private landowners. The Yavapai-Apache Nation is a member of the coalition and friends will reach out to other indigenous groups within the project area to expand their involvement.” To learn more, click here.