The Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition (UVRWPC) is a joint effort between the City of Prescott, Town of Chino Valley, Town of Prescott Valley, Yavapai County and the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe. Organized in 2007, the coalition is committed to protection of the Upper Verde River base flow while balancing the reasonable water needs of residents who live and businesses that operate within the watershed boundaries.
Coalition members integrate science-based planning to forward responsible utilization of water resources, and preserve the vitality, health and future flows of the Upper Verde River by:
- Identifying and promoting effective conservation practices for all water users.
- Implementing a watershed restoration and management plan that results in healthy ecosystems while optimizing water resources.
- Efficiently managing projects that lead to the realization of safe yield.
- Adoption of Best Management Practices that are based on sound research and unbiased scientific information.
- Operating in an environment that fosters public participation, and open and honest dialog.
Coalition members integrate science-based planning to forward responsible utilization of water resources, and preserve the vitality, health and future flows of the Upper Verde River”
UVRWPC is governed by a five-member executive board of elected officials representing each partner, and charged with setting policy for and monitoring progress of the coalition. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) is the project –driven arm taking direction from and making recommendations to the board. It is comprised of technical and scientific personnel from each jurisdiction in the partnership. The Executive Board and TAC convene monthly in open meetings with times, locations and agendas posted on this website.
An intergovernmental agreement between all partners established the parameters under which the coalition operates. Recognizing that adequate water resources are critical to the quality of life and economic well-being of residents living in the Upper Verde River Watershed area, the coalition was formed to create a forum for regional cooperative action. Its intention is to achieve a working equilibrium between water needs and the necessity to protect Upper Verde River water resources.