News Release – 03.19.14


At the Research Days, the Sonoran Institute will celebrate its 25 years of involvement on the river by unveiling an online publication, State of the Santa Cruz, designed to spark community interest and involvement in one of Arizona’s most important rivers. The historical and cultural component of the State of the Santa Cruz is a gorgeously designed journey through time detailing the many cultures living and working on the river since the prehistoric period. It also describes the history of conservation efforts on the Santa Cruz. Recognizing the binational nature of the river, the publication is available in both Spanish and English versions.

“At the Sonoran Institute, we’re usually focused on the natural resources of the river,” says Emily Brott, the Institute’s associate director of development. “But we realized an important part of the story would be missing if we didn’t tap into the rich cultural heritage of this place. This publication celebrates all the great work people are doing on the river and seeks to draw in others through the river’s captivating history.”

This Santa Cruz River Research Days event is free and all are welcome.



Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 9:00am – 5:00pm

Friday, March 28, 2014 from 9:00am – 4:00 pm



Joel D. Valdez Main Library – Lower Level Meeting Room

101 North Stone Avenue Tucson, Arizona 85701


Program Highlight

Moderated expert panel discussion “Integrating Science and River Management” with:

Alejandro R. Barcenas, City of Nogales Public Works

Julia Fonseca, Pima County Office of Sustainability and Conservation

Dr. Jonathan Mabry, City of Tucson

Dr. Sharon B. Megdal, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center

Dr. Thomas E. Sheridan, University of Arizona Southwest Center

Wally Wilson, Tucson Water


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