Why are we so fascinated with water? Perhaps, all aspects of our being know that water is life.
Branching through the magnificent landscapes of the Central Arizona high desert is the Verde River system - creeks and rivers flowing through desert canyons and valleys creating lush, green ribbons along the way. Ribbons of life.
The Verde River Basin Partnership (The Partnership) values the Verde River system and the life it supports. Additionally, we recognize how the Verde River Basin (Watershed) is valued as a unique treasure by people in our local communities, around the state, the nation, and the world. We also recognize that these unique desert waterways are at risk of vanishing.
Vanishing rivers comprise a sad chapter in the story of the American West - so many, both the small and the mighty, are gone. And gone too are their ribbons of life.
Many are gone due to diversions of their surface water and pumping of the groundwater that sustains them. How could we let the Verde River – one of the last remaining perennial rivers in the Southwest – vanish from our lives?
To understand how to avoid this fate, we aim to educate people about the interconnectedness of the basin’s surface waters and groundwater. Using unbiased science is crucial to making sound water-resource management decisions and we work towards making that happen to preserve the Verde River system and the life it supports for all future generations.