Welcome to the Verde River Exchange
The Verde River Exchange aims to protect Verde River flows and promote sustainable economic development in the Verde Valley by providing a tool for addressing the unmanaged groundwater pumping that threatens to dry up stretches of the Verde River. The Verde River Exchange is an innovative and community-driven “water offset program” that allows groundwater users to offset the impact of their water use by purchasing credits. Credits are created when an existing water user voluntarily reduces their water use. Initiated and supported by Verde Valley businesses, local decision makers, residents, and conservation organizations, the Verde River Exchange’s balancing mechanism offers a path forward to help preserve the Verde Valley’s rural character and unique beauty while also meeting local water needs.
Verde River Exchange in the News
Cronkite News | by Mindy Riesenberg Thursday, September 15, 2016 VERDE VALLEY – The valley is tucked south of the red rocks of Sedona, lush with greenery and alive with wildlife that flock to the banks of the river running through it. One of the last remaining continually flowing rivers in Arizona, the Verde River […]
The Republic, azcentral.com | by Brandon Loomis September 29, 2016 The Arizona Community Foundation has chosen five finalists for its $250,000 New Arizona Prize Water Innovation Challenge. The foundation, in collaboration with Republic Media and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, will award the prize to one of the finalists on Nov. 3. A previous […]
Arizona Daily Sun | by Emery Cowan August 13th, 2016 Running 195 miles from springs in the upper Chino Valley to its confluence with the Salt River near Phoenix, the Verde River supports thousands of acres of agriculture, feeds a burgeoning recreation industry and provides drinking water for 2 million people in Maricopa County. The […]
National Geographic | by Sandra Postel July 25, 2016 In an effort to stem the depletion of groundwater and keep Arizona’s prized Verde River flowing, two vineyards are buying water credits through a new exchange designed to balance the basin’s water use for the good of the river and the local economy. Launched last week […]
Please join Friends in thanking our Verde River Exchange participants for their leadership and stewardship. Four local businesses are helping lead the way on river protection in the Verde River Basin through their purchase of Water Offset Credits through the Verde River Exchange in 2017. Page Springs Cellars & Vineyards, an inaugural and second-year participant […]
Last week, state lawmakers had a chance to hear first hand the concerns Verde Valley residents have about our water future. Arizona House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources held a water forum in Camp Verde, as part of a statewide listening tour to learn more about the solutions local communities support. […]
by Maxwell Wilson, PhD Western water law is one of the most complicated topics in academia. However, the law, both as it is today and how it could be tomorrow, constrains what we can do and provides opportunities for action. As such, a working knowledge of water law is a critical component in the Friends […]
“Stretching 190 miles from the grasslands of Chino Valley to the Sonoran Desert near Phoenix, the Verde is Arizona’s last, best river. The Verde Provides a home to over 200 bird species, 90 mammal species, and 75 native amphibian and reptile species… From the forests to the deserts, elk to rattlesnakes, vineyards to sweet corn, […]
“When two conservation groups prepared a “report card” assessing the health of the Verde River watershed, they gave it a C-plus. The groups will now receive $1.2 million to help boost that score, supporting their efforts to restore and protect the river.” Read more at AZ Central.
“The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has donated nearly $600,000 for projects meant to help protect the flow of the Verde River, one of Arizona’s few waterways that flows year-round. The money will support four river projects through the non-profit groups Nature Conservancy and Friends of the Verde River. Some of the work has been ongoing, such as a […]
Verde River Exchange Participants
The Exchange Was a Finalist for the 2016 Arizona Water Innovation Challenge
Verde River Exchange advisory council members and others gather at the 2016 Arizona Water Innovation Challenge awards ceremony, where the Verde River Exchange was one of five statewide finalists.
Doug Von Gausig