AZ Water Protection Fund (AWPF)

AZ Water Protection Fund (AWPF)

State Agencies
Funder Name:
Arizona Water Protection Fund Commission
Eligible Applicants:
Individuals/General Public
Federal Agencies
Tribal Governments
State Agencies
Local governments and Utility Districts
Relevant Project Area:
Endangered Species and Species Conservation
Habitat Improvement, Biodiversity, & Riparian Restoration
Science, Monitoring & Research
Funding Range:
The Arizona Water Protection Fund supports projects that fit the following objectives to meet the program goals:
 Provide identified and measurable benefits to the water resources of Arizona through broad based local support
 Provide positive, effective examples for other similar projects.
 Advance the field of water conservation knowledge in Arizona.
 Increase public awareness of the function and value of riparian resources in Arizona.
Riparian Habitat is defined as an ecosystem found between aquatic and upland environments that is dependent on the existence of a perennial, intermittent, or ephemeral water source. Soil and vegetation in riparian areas have distinct characteristics that make them different from surrounding areas.
Riparian habitats are vital resource areas that:
 Improve water quantity by storing water in streambanks, which is slowly released to help maintain base flows.
 Improve water quality by trapping sediments from surface water runoff, providing nutrient cycling and increasing streambank stabilization.
 Provide flood control by slowing and absorbing flood waters, resulting in reduced flood damage and increased groundwater storage.
 Provide highly valued recreational opportunities such as fishing, camping, hiking, wildlife viewing and picnicking.
 Sustain high biodiversity of plant and animal species.
 Provide important wildlife habitat such as food, shelter, relief and travel corridors.
 Help stabilize water temperatures for aquatic species.
 Provide economic benefits by increasing property values, improving water supplies, reducing flood damage, filtering pollutants and supporting recreational activities.

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mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.



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