The 2019 State of the Watershed Conference will be held at the
Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde, AZ October 28–30, 2019.

You should attend this conference if you care about the Verde River and any of its tributaries
and want to learn about its current condition and how you can ensure its future.

In 2018, Friends, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, with funding from US Forest Service, initiated the development of a Watershed Report Card to define and measure the condition (status and trends) of the watershed.  The results of the Watershed Report Card will be presented at the 2019 State of the Watershed Conference.

Keynote Speakers

Lisa Atkins - Managing for Arizona's Future: Trust Lands in Arizona

Lisa A. Atkins was appointed by Governor Ducey to serve as the 21st Commissioner of the Arizona State Land Department on June 15, 2015.

As an Arizona native, Lisa combines a well-rounded understanding of the State with more than 40 years of experience in federal and State legislative and policy arenas, focusing on land, water and military issues. Prior to joining the Governor’s Cabinet, Lisa served for more than twenty years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Bob Stump (R-AZ-3), and Vice President Public Policy, for Greater Phoenix Leadership, for twelve years.

Lisa is well respected in the Arizona community for her involvement in a variety of organizations. Among her current activities associated with her duties as State Land Commissioner, Lisa serves as the Commissioner of the State’s Natural Resource Conservation Districts and as the State Cartographer. Lisa also serves as the Co-Chair of the Governor’s Military Affairs Commission, as a member of the State Parks Board, the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, the Arizona State Board on Geographic and Historic Names and the Governor’s Water Augmentation Council.

Last year, she was honored with the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2018 Outstanding Women in Business’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Bill Dennison - Using report cards to enhance environmental intelligence

Dr. Bill Dennison is a Professor of Marine Science and Vice President for Science Applications at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). Dr. Dennison’s primary mission within UMCES is to coordinate the Integration and Application Network. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is one of two research and service institutions in the 12-institution University System of Maryland.

UMCES is comprised of three laboratories distributed across the watershed of Chesapeake Bay within Maryland: Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay in Solomons and Horn Point Laboratory on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay near Cambridge as well as Maryland Sea Grant College in College Park, Maryland. UMCES also operates an Annapolis Liaison Office.

Bill Dennison rejoined UMCES in 2002 following a ten-year stint at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. He originally started at UMCES (then the Center for Environmental and Estuarine Science) in 1987 as a Postdoctorate/Research Assistant Professor based at Horn Point Laboratory. In Australia, Bill developed an active Marine Botany group at the University of Queensland with strong links to the Healthy Waterways Campaign for Moreton Bay.

Bill obtained his academic training from Western Michigan University (B.A., Biology & Environmental Science), the University of Alaska (M.S., Biological Oceanography), The University of Chicago (Ph.D., Biology), and State University of New York at Stony Brook at Stony Brook (Postdoc, Coastal Marine Scholar).


Reservations can be made by calling our Reservations Department at (800) 524-6343 and referencing Group Block Code 191028FRIH for the Hotel at $119 + 12% tax + $20 resort fee per night or by referencing Group Block Code 191027FRIL for The Lodge at $89 + 12% tax per night.

Watershed Report Card Workshops

More than 25 diverse stakeholders came together to conceptualize the watershed, create a shared vision, and discuss indicators for the Verde River Watershed Report Card. Report cards evaluate the health of watersheds based on a set of scientifically-derived indicators and thresholds.

Download the Watershed Report Card Workshop Newsletters to learn more: November 2018 and April 2019.

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