2017 has already become a year of big changes for the Partnership. We have merged with one of our partnering organizations, Friends of Verde River Greenway as of January 1st.
Since 2015, our organizations have worked diligently on how, in a thoughtful and strategic way, to coordinate our efforts to better serve the communities in the Verde River Watershed. Ultimately, we have decided to leverage the best of each organization and merge into a single entity. Through this merger, the Partnership and Friends can combine our institutional knowledge and success to make the greatest impact.
Since our inception ten years ago, the Verde River Basin Partnership, with the goal to support and preserve the long-term health of the Verde River and its watershed, has been a constantly evolving organization, fostering an increased awareness of significant challenges facing everyone in regard to preserving limited water resources.
The Partnership has been producing and distributing free factual, science-based educational materials at various levels of detail ranging from simple FAQ sheets to an in-depth Primer on Water Resources. It also has been promoting scientific studies that are germane to regional water issues, provides outreach to the community by hosting presentations and field trips, and exhibits at local events.
Friends of Verde River Greenway is a nonprofit corporation that envisions a healthy, free-flowing Verde River and tributaries that support the environment, a thriving economy, and quality of life for current and future generations. Friends programs and projects include the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition (riparian restoration), Verde River Exchange (voluntary water offsets), One for the Verde (business support for river projects), and Toolboxes for Land and Water Management (integration of land use planning decision making with water management goals).
Friends is a key partner with The Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and local farmers in the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (flow and habitat restoration). Additionally, Friends provides active support to the Verde Front and Sedona Verde Valley Tourism Council for river recreation and sustainable tourism efforts.
Moving forward, community members, stakeholders, and interested individuals will continue to benefit from similar programs and activities previously offered by the Partnership, as well as the existing programs of Friends. Both our organizations are enthusiastic and ready to work together as one organization, Friends of Verde River Greenway.
To learn more about the Friends of Verde River Greenway, please visit www.verderivergreenway.org.
More information and details will be forthcoming. Stay tuned!