Santa Cruz River Story
"Revisiting the Dry River"
"It doesn’t take much imagination to unwind our long history here in this very valley—hunter, forager, farmer, consumer—and see how we all have relied on one pale blue thread in a vast desert place. The Santa Cruz River, our home."
"The Day We Set the Colorado River Free"
It's been more than 50 years since the Colorado River regularly reached the sea. But this spring, the U.S. and Mexico let the water storm through its natural delta for a grand experiment in ecological restoration.
Visit Our Sister Sites
Conservation Night - August 2, 2014
Join Sonoran Institute as we showcase our work on the Colorado River Delta and Santa Cruz River as part of the Desert Museum's "Conservation Night".
Be a Part of History
Returning Water to the Delta
On March 23, 2014, we witnessed a significant and unique water-related event in the West. An extra dose of Colorado River water was released for the specific purpose of bringing life back to the parched Delta.
A Brief History
We may think that a fair and balanced market determines the way our neighborhoods are built, but the real story is quite different. Community Builders' eight-part series of illustrated essays takes a look at how, and why, suburbia is being subsidized via outdated policies and regulations.
Where We Work
Join us on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ for Conservation Night. We will be presenting our restoration work on the Santa Cruz River. Find out more
Our latest FREE Community Builders webinar, Reconsidering the Curve: A Small Town Rightsizing Story, is tomorrow, July 23, 2014 starting at Noon Mountain Time. Register today
SCOTie - COMMUNITY RESOURCE
The Summer edition of the SCOTie (Successful Communities Online Toolkit information exchange) e-newsletter, Fetch, is out! Check out the latest ideas for inspired community development. Read it today
For the first time in a generation, the waters of the Colorado River once again connected with the sea! The historic “connection” occurred on the afternoon of May 15th, 2014. This short video captures the moment of the connection.