In 2016, the City of Tucson initiated a discussion about using reclaimed water to restore perennial flow to a portion of the Santa Cruz River near downtown Tucson. This action could support riparian habitat in the urban core, improve long-term water management in the region, and stimulate economic activity. The concept was well received by a multitude of stakeholders and Tucson Water began the tasks of bringing this vision to reality. In May 2019, perennial flow will return to the Santa Cruz River near Tucson’ Birthplace, and a new era of water management will begin.
Brown Bag Seminar - Binational Studies of the Transboundary San Pedro and Santa Cruz Aquifers: Results and Future Directions
Jacob Petersen-Perlman, Research Analyst, University of Arizona WRRC
James Callegary, Hydrologist, USGS Arizona Water Sciences Center
Elia Tapia, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Arizona WRRC
The Santa Cruz and San Pedro aquifers are important sources of water for the Arizona-Sonora border region. Even though groundwater from these aquifers is an essential resource for social, economic, and environmental needs in both countries, assessments of these aquifers had not been conducted by a binational team until more recently. We invite you to attend this brown bag presentation, where we will share information from the binational studies of the Transboundary San Pedro and Santa Cruz aquifers. The studies were conducted in partnership with the USGS, the University of Sonora, and others. The presentation will involve members of the USGS-UA team involved with studying the Arizona-Sonora aquifers. We will also discuss future directions for studying these aquifers.
The Binational Study of the Transboundary San Pedro Aquifer is the first-ever binational aquifer study released simultaneously in English and Spanish by the International Boundary and Water Commission. For electronic copies of the report, please visit http://www.ibwc.gov/EMD/reports_studies.html#WQReports for English, or visit www.cila.gob.mx/as/ebsatrsp2016.pdf for Spanish. Click here for a summary of the study. The Binational Study of the Transboundary Santa Cruz Aquifer is currently undergoing review and should be published later this year. Please join us for this informational session.
The Santa Cruz River Heritage Project – Reviving an Urban River
Water Roots - River Walk: A sunset tour to illustrate a new vision for the Rillito
The Water Roots series is a collaboration between the WRRC and Sky Island Alliance to highlight the work of our partners to secure water for natural areas in southeast Arizona.
The Art of Building a Citizen Science Program
Arizona Water Watch (AWW), a new citizen science program offered through the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, is designed to train volunteers to collect credible scientific data on streams and lakes in Arizona. The program uses innovative ideas like visually friendly forms, hand stitched cloth streams for teaching, micro video lessons, and crowd sourcing data techniques to reach many levels of volunteers.