Santa Cruz River Research Days - an annual event allowing partners to share their work.
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Learning Center of the American Southwest
Reports / Publications
See below for recent reports. To view a complete list Click Here
A Living River: Charting the Health of the Upper Santa Cruz River
Read more about this report series.
2010 Water Year - year three of annual report shows continued improvement on the Upper Santa Cruz River
Santa Cruz County Water Harvesting Guidance Manual
"State of" Reports Bibliography
2012 Annotated Bibliographyof reports summarizing the "State of....".
Riparian Health Score Card Bibliography
2012 List of Example Scorecards, with summaries and analyses.
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Santa Cruz River Initiative
“Running water is something for a southwesterner to get excited about. It’s scarce, it’s cool, it’s wet, and it creates an oasis of shade, a green retreat from the sun and desiccation of the surrounding country.” Going Back to Bisbee - Richard Shelton
Reclaiming an Oasis in the Desert - Tony Paniagua, Arizona Public Media
While rivers and riparian areas provide numerous benefits to human communities, they are among the most endangered ecosystems. In the southwest, riparian areas constitute less than 2% of the land area, but support the highest density and abundance of plants and animals in the region. The Santa Cruz River is a visible green ribbon of life connecting the U.S. (Arizona) and Mexico (Sonora), bridging rural and urban landscapes, joining together diverse stakeholders, and providing important habitat for wildlife. The Santa Cruz River is therefore critical to the ecological integrity of southeastern Arizona and northwestern Sonora.
In an arid region where water is scarce, the greatest challenges to conserving river systems are balancing competing demands and engaging local communities in collaborative conservation actions. The Sonoran Institute’s Santa Cruz River Initiative is responding to these challenges by focusing on four components:
• Science-based Outreach: A Living River -- report series charting health of Upper Santa Cruz River
• Water for the Environment: Conserve to Enhance -- linking water savings with river restoration
The project’s approach, spirit, and priorities highlight the long-term benefits of involving diverse stakeholders in stewardship of natural resources – in the Santa Cruz River watershed and river basins throughout the West.
Water Harvesting Workshop - May 1, 2013 Want to help install infiltration basins and plant shrubs and grasses at Patagonia Lake State Park? Download the event flyer to register and learn more.
River of the Month Series: Agua Fria River - February 28, 2013 the final Arizona River profile focused on the Agua Fria River. Read more about this series and download the Agua Fria River Profile.
Santa Cruz River Research Days 2013 - February 6, 2013 Call for Papers is now available for this 5th annual event on April 15 and 16 (Mark your calendars!). Learn more.
River of the Month Series: Aravaipa Creek - January 31, 2013 Arizona River profile number eleven focused on Aravaipa Creek. Read more about this series and download the Aravaipa Creek Profile.
River of the Month Series: Fossil Creek - December 21, 2012 Arizona River profile number ten focused on Fossil Creek. Read more about this series and download the Fossil Creek Profile.
River of the Month Series: San Francisco - November 29, 2012 Arizona River profile number nine focused on the San Francisco River. Read more about this series and download the San Francisco River Profile.
A Binational River - The Santa Cruz River has the unique designation of being the only river to cross the border with Mexico twice. Learn more about the Santa Cruz River Watershed.
In the Media - Santa Cruz River related work completed by Sonoran Institute and partners has been lucky to get some good media coverage. Learn more about media stories featuring our work.
Ecosystem services - The Santa Cruz River offers numerous benefits to local communities. Learn more about Ecosystem Services.
Project Support - We are fortunate to work with and receive support from so many! Learn more about our Partners and Funders.