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The 2025 Verde River Watershed Report Card Update is in Progress!
The inaugural report card was published in 2020 to provide a transparent assessment of the Verde River watershed health. It is updated every five years and Friends of the Verde River has begun the process to update the 2025 release. Discussions about methodology and populating the indicators with current data are critical components of the update. Funding for this update is provided by Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, The Nature Conservancy, SRP, the Town of Camp Verde, the City of Cottonwood, the City of Sedona, and the Town of Clarkdale.
Verde River Flow is Declining
Since 1990, flow in the Verde River and its tributaries has been steadily declining. From 1990 to 2018, Verde River June low flow declined 32% in the Upper Verde (top panel) and 46% in the Lower Verde Valley (bottom panel). Trends are based on the mean June 7-day flow in cubic feet per second (cfs), measured by the U.S. Geological Survey.