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The Verde River flows 170 miles from near Flagstaff to join the Salt River east of metro Phoenix. Along the way, it passes through Cornville and other cities in central Arizona.

The Verde River, one of the few perennial rivers in Arizona, is known for its fishing and recreation, but it also provides water to Prescott and metro Phoenix. With a growing population and new housing developments coming to Prescott, this water faces increasing demand that could threaten the river itself. Read more»

Kenneth Jacobson, who’s the bald eagle management coordinator with the Arizona Game and Fish Department, trains a telescope on a bald eagle nest. He says there’s been 'significant growth' in Arizona’s bald eagle population since 1978 when there were only 11 breeding pairs in the state.

Across Arizona, humans are keeping a sharp eye on bald eagle nests that are close to areas with high recreational traffic. Read more»

Scott Cameron, principal deputy assistant Interior secretary for policy management and budget, talks with Buckeye Mayor Jackie A. Meck, right, before a Senate hearing on the threat that invasive species pose to water supplies in the West.

Buckeye Mayor Jackie A. Meck said drinking water is scarce enough for cities in the West – they don’t need to be competing with invasive species for it, too. Read more»

The Verde River, which flows more than 170 miles, starts in north-central Arizona and winds down into the Phoenix area, where it empties into the Salt River.

The Verde River, which stretches more than 170 miles through Arizona, was rated a C+ this month in the first Verde Watershed Report Card. Read more»

Hunter Pauling, an intern with the Arizona Game & Fish Department’s aquatic habitat program, examines a Georgia cube to determine where to drill next. The cubes require PVC pipe, plastic tubes and glue.

Volunteers for Arizona Game and Fish are building "fish cities" to create habitat for fish in a central Arizona lake. Read more»

The roundtail chub, whose dwindling range includes rivers in Arizona, would receive threatened status under the Endangered Species Act under a proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Tuesday listing two small species of Southwest fish as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The proposal follows pressure from the Center for Biological Diversity, whose legal agreement with the federal agency hastened the designation of hundreds of imperiled species. Read more»

Members of the Lake Mead Exotic Plant Management Team remove tamarisks along a stretch of the Verde River near Paulden.

A mature tamarisk, also known as saltcedar, can consume 200-300 gallons of water a day and produce up to 250 million tiny seeds annually that are spread easily by the wind. Read more»

A young bald eagle sits in a man-made nest created by the Arizona Game and Fish Department to lure a breeding pair away from a diseased nest.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department created two artificial eagle nests along the Verde River to replace an old nest in an effort to help baby eagles survive. Although this is not a permanent solution, it has allowed two nestlings to be raised to fledglings this year. Read more»