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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Arizona Public Media

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I-11 Corridor Initiative

In a recent PBS piece, our Sun Corridor Program Director talks about Sonoran's involvement in the project's development. He goes on to discuss the Environmental Impact Statement process and the critical concept of integrated infrastructure. As always, it is vitally important that stakeholders work together from start to finish.

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EPA Clean Power Plan

The Sonoran Institute prepares a statement on today's release of the U.S. EPA's Clean Power Rules in order to discuss the platform for our study to be released next month. We will reveal how large-scale solar can do far more in meeting the EPA's emissions targets than originally envisioned in the rule.

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2013 Annual Report - Connections


The Power of Connections

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

Read more about our 2013 Annual Report

Home Where We Work Colorado River Delta Legacy Program Colorado River Delta Outreach:

Colorado River Delta Outreach:

school kidsThe outreach objective for the Colorado River Demonstration Site is to promote ownership and buy-in among target audiences through active participation in project design, funding, implementation, and maintenance. This hands-on approach to restoration encourages project sustainability and demonstrates to participants the benefits of a restored Colorado River: improved recreation areas, cleaner water, additional wildlife, and greater economic opportunities resulting from enhanced riparian habitat (fishing, hunting, and tourism).

Buy-in at the local level is critical for the overall success of the restoration project; residents are the primary users of the river and are thus invested in the long-term care and maintenance of restored areas. For example, residents and regular users of the river can keep the areas cleared of trash, report cutting and burning of trees, and ensure that local governments maintain recreation sites.

To achieve wide-spread participation on many levels, Sonoran Institute has continually refined its outreach strategies and distributed materials to the public, conducted meetings with community leaders, advertised on local forums, held tree-planting workshops, and presented project information to schools and communities. Sonoran Institute has also met with a wide variety of organizations, including the State of Baja California North, the municipal government of Mexicali, and local institutions such as governing bodies, businesses, irrigation modules, schools, non-governmental organizations, and local residents and producers.

Such interactions with stakeholders have provided Sonoran Institute with key information regarding community river usage and local perceptions of the river and the Restoration Project, helping to shape project goals and develop methods to achieve them. For example, community members have voiced concern about the lack of shade in recreational areas along the river. At one time, streamside vegetation included a mix of cottonwood, mesquite, and willow trees, providing wildlife habitat, food, and shade. The majority of vegetation is now salt cedar, an invasive plant that not only chokes out native species, but also grows so densely that areas have become impassable and unusable by people. Community groups and schools are participating in clearing and replanting native species in restoration sites, increasing plant diversity and recreational opportunities.

To date, Sonoran Institute has educated or trained over 5,330 people on the Colorado River Delta ecosystem and restoration efforts. Fourteen groups have joined the Adopt-The-River Program including school, community, government, and international groups which have participated in restoration projects. Outreach efforts have also resulted in the municipal government leading the effort to secure federal land management concessions in support of conservation and restoration, including water rights for the Restoration Site.

To learn more and get involved, read about the Adopt-The-River Program.