2014 Annual Report


25 Years Strong, Shaping Our West

For over 25 years, Sonoran Institute has been a pioneer in efforts to unite and celebrate the best of Western culture, history, nature and urban spaces by making connections, seeking practical solutions and promoting long-term sustainability. View and download our 2014 Annual Report to see all that we've done up through 2014 and what we plan on doing as we move forward.

2040 Vision

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Strategic Framework

For the last 25 years, we have been successfully helping people in the West build the communities they want to live in while preserving the West that brought them here. Discover our vision for our next 25 years. 

Our Letter to You

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News & Updates

February 2012 - The End of a River?  A Source-to-Sea Journey Down the Colorado River
Over the past 108 days, we've paddled more than 1,600 miles down the Colorado River and its longest tributary, the Green River. Our journey is part of Colorado College's State of the Rockies Project, an outreach research effort which this year focuses on environmental issues surrounding the Colorado River Basin.  Click here to read the article.

November 2011 - Not All Rivers Reach the Sea
When the conservation writer Jonathan Waterman decided to investigate the health of the Colorado River, he took it to extremes. In the spring of 2008, he packed up his supplies and set out on a 1,450-mile expedition down the Colorado, the first documented source-to-sea journey along the river.  Read the complete article.

April 2010—Colorado River Water Rights
Under a longstanding treaty, the Colorado River irrigates 3 million acres of farmland and supplies water to 30 million people in the United States and Mexico.” Published by Public Radio International’s The World. Read the complete article.

April 2010—Researchers Study Effect of Yuma Desalting Plant on Cienega de Santa Clara
A binational team is studying whether running the Yuma Desalting Plant will affect Mexico's Cienega de Santa Clara, the largest wetland on the Colorado River Delta.” Published by redOrbit. Read the complete article.

March 2010—Just Add Water: Colorado Delta Resurrects
“Once written off, the Delta of the Colorado River has found a hardy band of NGOs and local governments willing to sweat to keep it wet.” Published by Miller-McCune. Read the complete article.

September 2009—Eyes Turn to Mexico as Drought Drags On
“The Southwest drought has reached the point where even drain water is coveted.” Published by The New York Times. Read the complete article.