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 51 Tucson Mountain Park view toward Santa Ritas - Brian P   
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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Contacts - Santa Cruz River

Claire Zugmeyer
Ecologist

520.290.0828 x 1143

Ian Dowdy
Sun Corridor Program Director

602.393.4310 x 308

Santa Cruz River Watershed

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Santa Cruz River Initiative Overview

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Reclaiming an Oasis in the Desert
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Santa Cruz River Reports and Publications

Many reports, publications, and resource documents have been produced as part of the Santa Cruz River Initiative. Reports are listed chronologically and can be downloaded by clicking on the report image.

 The Living River Series

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A Living River: Charting Wetland Conditions of the Lower Santa Cruz River 2014 Water Year

Year two of this annual report summarizes initial improvements on the Lower Santa Cruz River. (2015)

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A Living River: Charting Wetland Conditions of the Lower Santa Cruz River 2013 Water Year

Year one of this annual report summarizes baseline conditions for the Lower Santa Cruz River. (2014)

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A Living River: Charting the Health of the Upper Santa Cruz River 2010 Water Year

Year three of this annual report shows continued improvement on the Upper Santa Cruz River. (2011)

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A Living River: Charting the Health of the Upper Santa Cruz River 2009 Water Year

Year two of this annual report demonstrates improved health for the Upper Santa Cruz River. (2010)

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A Living River: Charting the Health of the Upper Santa Cruz River 2008 Water Year

The baseline report charting the health for the Upper Santa Cruz River. (2009)

 State of the Santa Cruz River

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State of the Santa Cruz River - Publication Overview

Four page summary document for the State of the Santa Cruz River and State of the Santa Cruz River - Conservation Inventory. (2014)

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State of the Santa Cruz River

A report that explores the history of the Santa Cruz River and highlights the diverse efforts working to protect the river's rich heritage. This is a companion piece to the State of the Santa Cruz River - Conservation Inventory.  (2014) 
Spanish and printing versions 

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 State of the Santa Cruz River - Conservation Inventory

The report provides the "who", "what", and "where" descriptions of conservation efforts along the Santa Cruz River. This is a companion piece to the State of the Santa Cruz River. (2014, updated in 2015) Spanish version

Other Publications

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Selection of Indicators of River Health for Effluent-Dependent Streams in the Arid West: The Living River Project on the Lower Santa Cruz River, Pima County, Arizona

A publication discussing the process and reasoning for selecting the indicators for the Living River report series focused on the lower Santa Cruz River. (2014)

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Water Harvesting Monitoring: Guidance Document for Urban Sites

A publication discussing methods of measuring the impact of water harvesting in urban areas. (2013)

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Conservation Efforts and Possibilities for Increased Collaboration in the Santa Cruz River Watershed

On May 2, 2012 Sonoran Institute organized and hosted a symposium on Santa Cruz River Conservation within the binational Madrean Archipelago Conference hosted in Tucson. This paper summarizes the symposium and was included in the conference proceedings. (2013) 

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Santa Cruz County Water Harvesting Guidance Manual

Formally adopted by Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors as recommended guidance, this manual provides information for professionals and individual home-owners interested in implementing water harvesting. (2012)

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"State Of..." Reports - An Annotated Bibliography

A bibliography of reports that summarize the "State of..." a park, ecosystem, region etc. (2012)

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River of the Month Series

Monthly profiles that highlight rivers in Arizona (2012)

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Riparian Health Scorecards - An Annotated Bibliography

A bibliograpy that lists examples of riparian scorecards, with summaries and analyses. (2012)

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Testing the Waters: Tucson links water conservation with environmental benefits

An article co-authored by Sonoran Institute in Journal of American Water Works Association that discusses the innovative program being piloted in Tucson - Conserve to Enhance. (2012)

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Santa Cruz River Project - Regional Initiative

Summary of the Institute's Santa Cruz River Project (2012)

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Riparian Monitoring Bibliography

A bibliography that lists references, with abstracts, on riparian monitoring and protocols. (2011)

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Santa Cruz River Riparan Vegetation Mapping Project, Santa Cruz County - Map Booklet

Publication that displays detailed maps of the riparian vegetation surveys from the US/Mexico border to the Santa Cruz County line. (2009)

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Santa Cruz River Riparian Vegetation Mapping Project, Santa Cruz County -  Final Report

Final report summarizing the results of the effort to map riparian vegetation from the US/Mexico border to the Santa Cruz County line. (2008) Read more about this mapping effort

 

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Sustainable Water Management: Guidelines for Meeting the Needs of People and Nature in the Arid West

A report that discusses water management issues and presents case studies for applying a sustainable water management framework in Arizona. Included in this report is a discussion of rivers and streams, the role of groundwater, importance of riparian habitat, impacts of groundwater pumping, and sustainable water resources management. (2007)