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Support the health of the Verde River by doing projects at your home or business. You could be awarded up to $1,000 as a homeowner, or up to $5,000 as a business or community organization. Rainwater Harvesting, Greywater Capture, Efficiency upgrades, and habitat improvement projects are all eligible for funding! Please sign up on our interest form when submitting your application to be considered in this grant process. Contact Isaac Dudley IsaacD@VerdeRiver.org for more information on how to participate. Application information is available here: Apply for funding!

Gentle flowing water on a hot day, habitat for wildlife, beautiful trees lining riverbanks that cast lush shadows and create shade…  In our arid climate, healthy river flows are vital! Rivers and streams are the heart of our communities and way of life. Without gentle flowing water that brings life to the land, living in the Verde Valley would be very different. Many of us ask the question, “What can I do to help the river?” River Friendly Living offers a guide to help us answer that very question!

River Friendly Living is a community-developed program that inspires and celebrates voluntary river conservation at homes and businesses. You can help keep water flowing through our communities by certifying your home, business, farm, or development as River Friendly. Participation is easy, you can become certified as River Friendly by incorporating program elements that support Sustainable Water Supply, Clean Water, Healthy Habitat, and Connected Communities! 

Homes: As a homeowner, you can apply for uup top $1,000 to support healthy waterways. Fixing leaks, planting low water use plants, and using rainwater as a resource all support a healthy river system. By completing a self assessment, you can certify your home, and be eligible for the grant opportunity. Start the process today by signing up on our interest form: https://verderiver.org/river-friendly-living/ 

Businesses: We depend on River Friendly Businesses to support the Verde River by using water responsibly, controlling chemicals and waste, volunteering, and donating to support river conservation. Participating businesses have put nearly $100,000 back into our communities through tax-deductible donations! Apply for up to $5,000 for projects that support a healthy Verde. Start the process today by signing up on our interest form: https://verderiver.org/river-friendly-living/ 

Farms: Farms are at the heart of our communities, and they often depend on the water running through our rivers and streams. A River Friendly Farm is committed to the health of our waterways. River Friendly Farms are highly efficient with water, protect waterways from chemicals, preserve important habitat, and educate community members about the benefits of River Friendly Living. Apply for up to $5,000 for projects that support a healthy Verde! Start the process of certifying your farm today by signing up on our interest form: https://verderiver.org/river-friendly-living/ 

Developments (New Builds): Many rural communities across Arizona are experiencing growth and development at unprecedented speeds. Our River Friendly Development certification features a guide to minimize impact to our waterways alongside this rapid development. This guide is a community-developed solution for addressing the potential threats of new developments in rural areas, featuring robust and comprehensive criteria that promote responsible water use, protect habitat, and improve water quality. Apply for up to $5,000 for projects that support a healthy Verde. Start the process today by signing up on our interest form: verderiver.org/river-friendly-living/

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