One for the Verde funds projects. Projects that help preserve, restore, or enhance the river area.
These projects are proposed by local municipalities or community groups. Our advisory council chooses the best projects, funding is awarded and the projects are completed within the next year.
Typical projects One for the Verde will fund include trail building and improvements, river access points maintenance, property clean up, water conservation, habitat restoration and improvements for river recreation (boating, fishing, birding etc). We welcome ideas from the business community and encourage organizations to submit grant requests for local projects.
Projects we have funded:
Kiosk for Jail Trail: City of Cottonwood
In May 2014, $500 was awarded towards construction of this information kiosk in Old Town Cottonwood. Our selection board chose this project because it fit our mission and formed an alliance with the City of Cottonwood and the Old Town Business community. It looks great and welcomes visitors to the Jail trail, an important connection of the business community to the Verde river.
Water Stewardship Program: Verde Natural Resource Conservation District
One for the Verde awarded the Education Center of the Verde NRCD $2,700 to fund the Water Stewardship Program (grades 5th-8th), which educates youth about the importance of wise management of natural resources with an emphasis on water conservation. Through this program students learn to appreciate our natural resources by understanding how they are interconnected.
The Water Stewardship Program teaches students the path of a drop of water; understanding the link between ground water and surface water using an interactive computer model; which species are non-native and invading the Verde River Watershed; how to evaluate the health and quality of the river; and why the health and quality of the river affects all water users including human, agriculture, animal and industry. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to base water consumption decisions and habits on scientific data.
Water Sampling Week: Oak Creek Watershed Council
Water Sampling Week, hosted by the Oak Creek Watershed Council and the University of Arizona Water Quality Extension will educate hundreds of local students about the importance of water quality in Oak Creek and in any watershed they visit or live within. This project would fund up to 10 schools from the Flagstaff/ Sedona/ Verde Valley area to learn about water sampling techniques and the water quality issues affecting Oak Creek.
$4270 was awarded in October 2015 to support the Water Sampling Week program.
Verde River Ambassadors: Town of Clarkdale
$5,000 was awarded in October 2015 to support the Verde River @ Clarkdale’s Ambassador Program. The purpose of the Ambassador program is to provide public education and to protect resources while encouraging responsible recreation.This grant will help fund ambassadors at Lower TAPCO access point reduce litter and increase compliance with posted regulations and vehicle registration.
Read full Verde Independent article here
Safety Boater Training: Verde River Valley Nature Organization
$3,000 was awarded in May 2016 to fund workshops in safe river recreation through April 2017. These workshops include instruction in river safety and “on river” training. Read full Verde Independent article here
Phase II of the Jail Trail: AZ State Parks
The Jail Trail is a greenway loop trail linking Old Town Cottonwood to the Verde River and its unique Fremont Cottonwood/Goodding Willow gallery forest. The trail has the potential to be a multi-phase project that yields great recreational and economic benefits to residents, tourists, and Old Town Cottonwood businesses. This project could highlight the strong partnership between the City of Cottonwood and Arizona State Parks and provide jobs for work crews comprised of veterans and youth corps. Additionally, it provides a great opportunity for community volunteers to participate in the project.
Phase II would include trail improvement and informational and interpretive signage installation for the portion of the trail located in Verde River Greenway State Natural Area. $2400 was awarded in June 2016 to pay for materials and use of construction equipment.
Verde Rules, A Signage Program: Town of Camp Verde.
Identification of private land ownership and public access areas.
Residents whose properties adjoin the river suffer a litany of problems from trespass, to dumping, to off-road vehicle traffic. Those residents, as well as public land managers, whose properties adjoin the river, are requesting the posting of a variety of signs along the corridor, at river access points, parks and on public and private land.
The signs would notify hikers, boaters and other recreationists when they are entering private land, when to remain in their boats and what sort of conduct is expected, from the private property owners as well as the community at large. $4850 was awarded in June 2016 for this project.
Verde Watershed Ambassador Program: Oak Creek Watershed Council.
Helps fund Ambassadors in Oak Creek reduce pollution, provide education and improve visitor experience. The Verde Watershed Ambassador Program demonstrates a broad approach of Best Management Practices for watershed visitors, residents and property owners to help them understand how to reduce E. coli loads from entering into Oak Creek due to irresponsible recreation practices and day-to-day activities that contribute to nonpoint source pollution.In 2014, the Ambassadors picked up 3,736 pounds of trash, 2,041 pounds of recyclables, 260 pounds of feces, and 69 diapers with four Ambassadors working the four-month season. Since June 2015, the Ambassadors picked up 4,165 pounds of trash, 1,099 pounds of glass, 2,589 pounds of recyclables, 1,367 pounds of feces and 475 diapers in Oak Creek alone – with only two Ambassadors working since October 2015. $3992 was awarded in January 2017.
Dry Creek Restoration: Arizona Wilderness Coalition.
The Dry Creek Restoration project will benefit the Verde watershed by restoring a portion of the Dry Creek drainage, a tributary of Oak Creek. Removal of illegal dams and debris will restore natural drainage, allowing the forces of water and wind to shape habitat for native flora and fauna. Trash removal should aid in reducing negative impacts to water quality. This area contains rich wildlife habitat, increasing the importance of removing debris and trash that can degrade habitat conditions.
This project also will improve visitor experience to the Red Rock-Secret Mountain (RR-SM) Wilderness, a very
popular recreational area adjacent to Sedona. This region is enjoyed both by residents of Sedona and the Verde
Valley, and by tourists. While this is one of Arizona’s most accessible wilderness areas, RR-SM Wilderness also
offers rare opportunities for solitude in close proximity to urban areas. Local communities rely heavily on this
area for respite and primitive recreation. Restoring a natural appearance to the area will improve visual quality, so
important to residents and visitors alike. $2750 was awarded in January 2017 for this restoration project.
Vets for the Verde: Adopt-a-Vet.
Each season, October through February, VWRC partners team up with us to train and employ otherwise unemployed Veterans to manage invasive species within the Verde River and Oak Creek watersheds. The Vetraplex has been a VWRC partner for the past five years. The VWRC partnership efforts have not only successfully improved riparian habitat for fish and wildlife, it has increased recreational access to the river in Clarkdale and has helped build a sustainable model for employing over 40 Veterans since the partnership began. It provides support to Verde Valley Veterans to successfully transition from military to civilian life.
Funding from the One for the Verde program this season will enable Adopt a Vet Inc. and our VWRC partners to provide 700 hours of hands-on job skills training and 2,800 hours of paid work experience for Veterans. Adopt A Vet Inc. will use the $5000 grant from One for the Verde ( awarded January 2017) to help cover the $22,000 required to educate, train and employ a sixth Veteran crew member for this 22 week season.