County supervisors unanimously endorse Blue Rivers designation for Verde River

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors unanimously endorsed the American River Verde River Blue Trail designation at their regular meeting Monday.

After a presentation on the Blue Trail concept by Doug Von Gausig, representing American Rivers, each supervisor spoke about the economic, recreational and cultural opportunities a Blue Trail designation will bring to Yavapai County and to the Verde Valley.

Supervisor Jack Smith added that a Blue Trail designation would fit perfectly with the County's intent to promote itself as an outdoor recreational destination.

Supervisor Thurman cited the "String of Pearls" concept employed by Grand Junction, Colorado for its Colorado River recreation program. He said the Blue Trail concept would fit very nicely into a similar program along the Verde.

Supervisor Chip Davis pointed out that as more people connect with the Verde, the better the river's chances will be to continue to flow and serve the people and agriculture of the Verde Valley.

Blue Trails are designated by American Rivers to recognize and promote healthy recreational uses of rivers that play a significant role in the economies and cultures of the cities and counties through which they run, and it has recognized those values in the Verde River.

The Verde will be the first western river to benefit from a Blue Trails designation. To read more, pleased visit: http://www.americanrivers.org/initiative/blue-trails/projects/verde-river-blue-trail/.

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