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River Friendly Living

Empowering local residents, businesses, and governments to make choices that protect the Verde River.

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What is River Friendly Living?

River Friendly Living inspires a culture of voluntary river conservation. We support and recognize those who strive to protect the river in their homes, businesses, and communities. As a certification program, Friends will use River Friendly Living to recognize homes, businesses, farms, ranches, real estate developments, congregations, communities, and others* that do their part to protect the Verde River for future generations.

River Friendly Living Principles:

  1. Use a Sustainable Water Supply
  2. Minimize Water Pollution
  3. Manage Effluent as a Resource
  4. Keep Open Spaces and Riparian Corridors Healthy
  5. Ensure Communities are to Connected and Supportive of Rivers

Rio Verde Plaza: A River Friendly Building Pilot Project

Developed in partnership with a local landowner and general contractor, Rio Verde Plaza has been designed from the ground up to protect the Verde River. This project incorporates the following River Friendly Building Principals: stormwater catch basins that replenish the aquifer and prevent pollution from reaching the river, water efficient appliances that reduce water use, and native plants that provide habitat while saving water. Construction at Rio Verde Plaza will be complete in the fall of 2020. 

Rancho Tres Brisas: A River Friendly Ranching Pilot Project

Located on the banks of the Verde River, Rancho Tres Brisas raises beef sustainably and supports our local agricultural economy. With the support of our partners at The Nature Conservancy, Rancho Tres Brisas installed sprinkler irrigation in the fall of 2020, keeping water in the river without hurting their bottom line.

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