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Summer Waters 2014





Summer Waters Joins Institute

Summer Waters is the new Director of our Western Lands & Communities Program. 

Read her story

New Report

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Commercial and Mixed-Use Developments Trends in the Rocky Mountain West.

Santa Cruz River Story

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"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."

Delta Story



"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

Read the news release

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RENEWAL - Narrarated by Robert Redford

Renewal provides new breathtaking images of the historic Colorado River pulse flow surging into the Delta. Communities and wildlife celebrated.

New Report


The Power of Connections

Connecting. It is what distinguishes our unique and successful approach to conservation and community development in the West.

Read our 2013 Annual Report.

Community Insights




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Builders' eight-part series of illustrated essays takes a look at how, and why, suburbia is being subsidized via outdated policies and regulations.

Check out A Brief History

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Latest News

September 15, 2014
FREE webinar entitled Housing in the West: Market Realities, this Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Noon MST. Find out more and register
September 10, 2014
New research shows that 79 percent of Arizona residents support more conservation investments in their state. Read the news release and find out more
September 9, 2014
An award-winning resource website for building successful communities in the West, SCOTie, we are working to make it better! Fill out our survey on SCOTie today
September 4, 2014
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:

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