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. 

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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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Contacts - Santa Cruz River

Claire Zugmeyer

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Ian Dowdy
Sun Corridor Program Director

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Santa Cruz River Watershed


Santa Cruz River Initiative Overview


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Reclaiming an Oasis in the Desert
Tony Paniagua, Arizona Public Media 

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Santa Cruz River Research Days

SCRRD CollageSanta Cruz River Research Days is a venue for learning about research and conservation efforts that pertain to the natural and cultural resources along the Santa Cruz River.

The annual event aims to:
1) trigger new research questions,
2) promote networking,
3) catalyze new collaborative projects, and
4) foster awareness of each others’ research and conservation efforts.

The original vision for Research Days was to allow sharing of experiences and results across institutional barriers and disciplines.

When is Santa Cruz River Research Days?

The event is traditionally held in the spring (March or April). Submission and review of abstracts for the year's event normally happens in February.


Learn more about past Research Days

The first annual Santa Cruz River Researchers' Day was held in 2009 and included 16 presentations and over 40 attendees. Each year the event has grown. The successful 2013 event was held over 2 days and included over 20 presentations and over 80 attendees. Proceedings for each event as well as copies of the presentations are availble for download. 









SCRRD Steering Committee

Research Days is hosted and organized by a several organizations working in the region. Current membership of the Steering Committee includes the organizations and their representatives listed below.

In 2013, the Steering Committee developed a Charter to direct planning efforts for this important event. Read the charter

Arizona State Museum - Paul Fish, Suzy Fish
Friends of the Santa Cruz River - Sherry Sass
Pima County - Akitsu Kimoto, Roger Anyon
Sonoran Institute - Claire Zugmeyer
Southwestern Arid Grassland Ecology, Inc. - Forrest Sherman
Tumacácori National Historical Park - Adam Springer, Jason Welborn

Past Committee Members:
Tumacácori National Historical Park - Jeremy Moss

Get Involved

Stay informed - Join the Research Days distribution list if you would like to receive emails about this event. To be added to the list, please send an email to Claire Zugmeyer (see upper right contacts).

Attend - Learn about current research and conservation efforts along the Santa Cruz River. Attendance is free and welcome to all.

Participate - Submit an abstract for your work when the "Call for abstracts" is released, usually several months prior to the event. 

Make a charitable gift - Community support through charitable gifts is essential to hosting this free event. If you would like to support this event, "Donate Now" through the Sonoran Institute website and type 'SCR Research Days' in the comment box to direct your gift.