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.
Cobre Valley Small Town Forum on Water
The WRRC and Cobre Valley community partners are convening a forum to facilitate discussion about water resources management among elected officials, utility and planning staff, natural resources experts, and local leaders. In the relatively small area of 100 square miles, the Cobre Valley is home to a number of water uses, natural resources, and human communities. Water resources have historically been managed separately; however, water scarcity and legal determinations on the horizon make it more necessary than ever for these communities and water users to: 1) agree on the status of water resources in Cobre Valley, and 2) establish priorities for their management and coordination.
A watershed-wide approach to resolving water issues has benefits that individual efforts cannot provide. The Small Town Forum will build common understanding about water resources issues, enhance regional decision-making capacity, and develop an approach for implementing cooperatively identified next steps.
Space is limited - please RSVP by August 27th.
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.