Sun, Feb. 23

County Supervisors to hear Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition work overview
Supervisors to approve human trafficking awareness proclamation

COTTONWOOD -- The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors will meet Wednesday in Cottonwood and will hear a presentation on the work overview from the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition and a brief explanation of a merger between two Verde River organizations.

The Friends of the Verde Valley Greenway and the Verde River Basin Partnership merged Jan. 1, deciding to leverage the best of each organization and merge into a single entity.

Since 2015 the two organizations have worked together in a strategic way to coordinate their efforts to better serve the communities in the Verde watershed.

The Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition, in a collaborative effort, unites landowners, organizations, and agencies in their common interest in the health of the Verde River Watershed.

“Together, the VWRC team is working to control one of the biggest current threats to the Verde River - invasive plants,” stated the organization’s website.

Laura Jones, Director of Community Outreach and Development, will present the overview and explain the merger during the BOS meeting.

Human Trafficking Awareness

Also Wednesday, the BOS will approve the proclamation “Supporting Increased Awareness Relating to Human Trafficking.”

A public awareness/educational project was done in Yavapai County called the Nursery Rhymes Video to raise awareness on the issue of human trafficking. 

“The unfortunate reality is that human trafficking exists in every country of the world, including the United States,” stated the meeting agenda. 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has named Arizona as one of the highest risk states for human trafficking, and incidents of human trafficking have been found in Yavapai County communities. 

“While many are under the misconception that human trafficking victims are only foreign born and those who are poor, the fact is that human trafficking victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality and they come from all socioeconomic groups,” the agenda explained.

Scott Mabery, Juvenile Probation Director, will give the presentation.

When and Where

The BOS will meet Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Yavapai County Administrative Services Verde Valley Complex Hearing Room, located at 10 S. Sixth St. in Cottonwood.

The full agenda is available at

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