Wildlife on the Verde River in Arizona


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National Geographic

Farmers, Brewers, and Conservationists Partner to Keep a River Flowing

The fact that a pint of beer requires a whopping 37 gallons (140 liters) of water to produce can turn a favorite beverage into a guilty pleasure.

But what if, instead, each hoppy sip helped add flow to a depleted river?

If all goes according to plan that will soon happen in Arizona’s Verde River, a flowing gem in the Colorado River Basin and a lifeline for fish, birds and wildlife in the American Southwest. But like many western rivers, the Verde flows low, and in some stretches not at all, during the hot summer months, when farmers divert water to irrigate crops.

And that gave Chip Norton, a retired businessman and river enthusiast, an idea: switch a portion of the valley’s farmland from crops like corn that are thirstiest in summer to barley, which grows earlier in the year and so requires much less water when the river is stressed.

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Camp Verde Bugle

Verde River brings businesses, residents together to reduce water use

A groundbreaking initiative is aiming to preserve our most valuable asset through collaboration and cooperation between non-profits, businesses and residents.

The shared goal: protect the Verde River, Oak Creek, and Arizona’s future water supplies.

Friends of Verde River Greenway and its partners are teaming up with Arizona winemakers, residents, and businesses to establish the Verde River Exchange. The Exchange connects residents and businesses in the Verde Valley willing to temporarily reduce their water use with others seeking to offset the impacts of their groundwater pumping. The collaborative project offers potential to reverse the decline of water levels and bolster river flows while promoting sustainable economic development.

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The Verde River in the Verde Valley

Friends of the Verde River Greenway

Almost $3 Million Awarded to Benefit Verde River

The Verde River Flow and Riparian Restoration Initiative was awarded $2.8M in funding from the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), a new program under the 2014 Farm Bill administered by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

“This grant will allow us to realize our vision to protect, restore and conserve the Verde, one of our state’s important rivers,” said Kim Schonek, Verde River project manager for The Nature Conservancy in Arizona. “This award will build on investments and collaborative efforts of conservation, community and agricultural interests along the river.”

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The Verde River in Arizona

Phoenix News Times

Connection Saison at Arizona Wilderness Brewery Is An Entirely "Arizona Born" Ale

Since opening about three years ago, Arizona Wilderness Brewery has established itself as one of the best, most interesting breweries in the state... All of which is to say, it should come as little surprise that the innovative brewhouse has now produced an entirely "Arizona-born" ale. Called Connection Saison, this beer features both malt and hops grown right here in the Grand Canyon State. The Belgian-style beer was made with a malt grown in the Verde Valley and hops harvested in Elgin, which have been brought to create a Farmhouse Saison ale.

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Wildlerness Brewing's Saison made with Sinagua Malt

National Geographic

Young Farmer Saves Water in Innovative Ways

Arizona farmer Zach Hauser says the Verde River "holds the key to our future around here. Without it there probably wouldn't be any farming here at all."

Hauser takes water seriously. Because his farm sits on dry land in central Arizona, Hauser relies on the Verde River, as do most residents of the small town of Camp Verde, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) north of Phoenix. His 600-acre family farm is one of the largest users of water in the area, and he treats conservation as a personal responsibility.

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Kannah Creek Brewing to Begin Contract Brewing for a Cause

GRAND JUNCTION, CO (June 14, 2016)   Kannah Creek Brewing Company announces partnership with Many Rivers Brewing Company to contract brew at Kannah Creek’s production facility located at 905 Struthers Avenue Grand Junction, CO.

Many Rivers Brewing Company is a Colorado public benefit corporation giving all beer sales’ profits to organizations who work to improve rivers.  Tim Carlson, Many Rivers’ President has worked over the past 15 years with watershed groups throughout the West and is the driving force behind this venture.

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