Community Builders


Webinar Series

Building Communities Through Transportation: The Role of Placemaking in Transportation Planning

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New Mobility West

Anaconda video

 On the Ground

Find out how we are helping Durango, Colorado examine bicycle, pedestrian and design solutions for their North Main Avenue.

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New Report

 LR Cover 2015

Santa Cruz River

This second assessment of wetland conditions along the Lower Santa Cruz River provides a summary of the initial improvements after the upgrade of the two wastewater reclamation facilities that release effluent into the river.

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Delta Update Report

Francisco at Morelos Dam


Initial Progress

Research shows that the historic pulse flow into the Colorado River Delta was a success.




Across the West

Your contributions this year helped the Sonoran Institute to achieve major major results across the West.

2014 Accomplishments

Annual Report



Making Connections

Connecting. It is what distinguishes our unique and successful approach to conservation and community development in the West.

Visit Our Sister Sites

On the Cover

 Edible Cover Story

A River's Return in Edible Baja

One year ago the Colorado River reached the sea for the first time in a generation. Now we search to discover how this remarkable effort has impacted the people and place of the Colorado River Delta.

Read the story on page 96.

Updated Report

 2508 State Trust Lands Updated cover web

State Trust Lands

This updated report offers a history of state trust lands and presents examples of management strategies and tools for asset management, residential and commercial development, conservation use, and collaborative planning.

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Community Meetings


Preserving the Military Mission

Community meetings will be held throughout the state to discuss the finding of this report, which analyzes the use of a new framework for balancing development in remote areas in an effort to retain Arizona's $9 billion-a-year military economy and preserve the state's Military Mission while conserving open space on federal lands.

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View meeting locations, dates, and times

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Read Arizona Republic July 17 op-ed 

New Report


West-Wide Corridor 30-52

Sonoran Institute provides a thorough evaluation and analysis of a promising transmission corridor that can connect Arizona's emerging renewable energy economy with markets in Arizona and California.

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Where We Work

Arizona California Colorado Idaho Mexico - Delta Montana Westwide Work Wyoming




Narrated by Robert Redford, Renewal captures the breathtaking and historic surge of water that was released into the Colorado River in the Spring of 2014. The new water created, once again, a river to the sea. Original music soundtrack by Halcyonaire. For more information on the efforts to save and restore life to the Delta, go to:

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