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Celebrating the launch of the Verde River Watershed Report Card!

This report card is a timely, transparent assessment of Verde watershed health as of December 2019. The Report Card was produced by Friends of the Verde River, The Nature Conservancy, and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Funding support for this project was provided by the USDA Forest Service and by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. Funding was also provided by the City 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.

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