River Friendly Living

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


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. Sustainable Water Supply
  2. Clean Water
  3. Healthy Uplands and Riparian Forests
  4. Connected and Supportive Communities

Interested in participating or learning more about River Friendly Living?

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Celebrating the Launch of River Friendly Living

On October 13, 2021 we celebrated the official launch of River Friendly Living, our new certification program! This program has been in development for the last two years, and we are so excited to finally be able to share it with you. River Friendly Living urges you to get your homes, businesses, farms, development, and/or communities certified as River Friendly. Show the world that you have made serious efforts to protect the region’s water supply for future generations: get certified. River Friendly Living focuses in four major areas: Sustainable Water Supply, Clean Water, Healthy Habitat, and Connected and Supportive Community. Learn more and get certified today!

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 was completed in spring 2021

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.

TinyCamp Cottonwood Resort Uses Water-Saving Practices to Achieve Silver Level RFL Certification

Friends of the Verde River is proud to certify TinyCamp Cottonwood Resort as a Silver Level River Friendly Development! This great team revealed their 4-unit tiny home development at the Sedona XYZ 4th anniversary event on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. TinyCamp Cottonwood voluntarily went above and beyond in their use of conservation strategies. They included a […]

Green Infrastructure Can Help You Be More River Friendly

by Isaac Dudley April 2022 What is green infrastructure? As an element of Friends of the Verde River’s River Friendly Living program, green infrastructure refers to man made systems that use living and natural features to absorb or capture stormwater where it falls. Whether you are a homeowner or a city planner, using green infrastructure […]

River Friendly Living for a Sustainable Verde River

We love the Verde River!  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 wildlife. Without gentle flowing water that brings life to the […]

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