Watershed report cards are powerful tools to describe ecosystem status, increase public awareness, and inform and influence decision makers to improve the health of a watershed. This is the first Verde River Watershed Report Card. It is the collective effort of dozens of stakeholders throughout the Verde watershed. Indicators in the report card were selected to assess the health of three different values in the Verde watershed: Water, Habitat, and Communities. Overall, the Verde watershed earned a score of 57%, a C+.
A diverse group of stakeholders from around the Verde River Watershed assembled for two days in April 2019 to continue the process of developing a report card. During the workshop, indicators selected at the November workshop were developed further, data sources were identified, and potential scoring approaches were discussed. This 4-page newsletter summarizes the outputs of this workshop, as well as potential narratives that were considered for inclusion in the report card.
More than 25 diverse stakeholders met in Cottonwood, AZ at the first Verde River Watershed Report Card workshop in November 2018. This 4-page newsletter summarizes the outputs from this workshop. Objectives of the workshop were to: i) introduce the project and agree on outcomes, ii) begin the process of developing a report card, and iii) define the geographic scope of the report card, indicators, thresholds, data sources, and communication plan.
This technical document summarizes the methodology for the 2020 Verde River Report Card.