Santa Cruz River Story
"Revisiting the Dry River"
"It doesn’t take much imagination to unwind our long history here in this very valley—hunter, forager, farmer, consumer—and see how we all have relied on one pale blue thread in a vast desert place. The Santa Cruz River, our home."
"The Day We Set the Colorado River Free"
It's been more than 50 years since the Colorado River regularly reached the sea. But this spring, the U.S. and Mexico let the water storm through its natural delta for a grand experiment in ecological restoration.
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Stephanie Sklar is our New CEO
The Sonoran Institute Board of Directors has selected Stephanie Sklar as its new chief executive officer (CEO). Stephanie will join the Institute on October 13, 2014
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A Brief History
We may think that a fair and balanced market determines the way our neighborhoods are built, but the real story is quite different. Community Builders' eight-part series of illustrated essays takes a look at how, and why, suburbia is being subsidized via outdated policies and regulations.
Where We Work
FREE webinar entitled Housing in the West: Market Realities, this Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Noon MST. Find out more and register
NEWS - SUPPORT FOR CONSERVATION
New research shows that 79 percent of Arizona residents support more conservation investments in their state. Read the news release and find out more
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Our Board of Directors has selected Stephanie Sklar of Tucson, Arizona as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Sonoran Institute. Read the news release
Narrated by Robert Redford, Renewal captures the breathtaking and historic surge of water that was released into the Colorado River in the Spring of 2014. The new water created, once again, a river to the sea. Original music soundtrack by Halcyonaire. For more information on the efforts to save and restore life to the Delta, go to: