Upper Verde "Wild and Scenic River" Proposal

The upper Verde River in Arizona has been a candidate for designation as a Wild and Scenic River since 1982 when the Prescott National Forest prepared the first eligibility study for the area. Since that time, the river has been well researched, providing a more complete understanding of its outstanding and remarkable ecological value.

Although the Verde River is the longest living river surviving in Arizona, threats to the upper Verde River and its riparian habitats appear with increasing frequency and severity. Three decades later, protecting the upper Verde River is more important than ever.

Now is the Time...

Now is the time to designate the Upper Verde Wild and Scenic River. The Sierra Club is part of an effort to do exactly that.

We encourage you to learn more about this proposal and the Verde River. For more information on the Wild and Scenic River Proposal, please contact (602) 253-8633 or grand.canyon.chapter@sierraclub.org.

Wild and Scenic Proposal – Executive Summary (9.1 MB pdf)

The Clean Water Act and the Verde River (9MB pdf) – discover if and how the Clean Water Act protects the Verde and similar rivers in our state and what more can be done

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