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Our Work, By The Numbers

You don’t last as a conservation non-profit 501(c)(3) for over 30 years without making a significant positive impact on rivers, landscapes, ecosystems and communities. At the Sonoran Institute, we are accountable for success. Here are the communities we’ve worked with over the past three decades—and the results:

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Local Investment


Acres conserved and protected


Community leaders/activists trained


Native tree seedlings planted in the Colorado River Delta region.

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Our Programs

Current community-based conservation programs are focused on water in the Colorado River Basin.
Growing Water Smart

A more resilient water future is possible from the Colorado River headwaters all the way to the delta. Our workshops bring leaders together to collaborate, and each team leaves with an action plan to meet local and regional goals.

Colorado River Delta

Sonoran Institute Mexico A Resource Worth Saving The Colorado River once formed a lush delta teeming with birds and aquatic species as it flowed into the Gulf of California. Historically, it covered more… MORE ›

Santa Cruz River

The Santa Cruz River has provided life-sustaining water for more than 12,000 years. Climate aridification and a century of overuse has negatively impacted the river, however we can continue to restore its vitality.

Featured Items

Power of Progress – 2023 Annual Report
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El Poder del Progreso 2023
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A Living River: Santa Cruz River Conditions Downtown Tucson to Marana 2023
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Un Río Vivo: Condiciones del río Santa Cruz Del Centro de Tucson a Marana 2023
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A Living River/Un Río Vivo, Nogales 2023
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Thriving, Resilient, in Balance

We are making sure that water flows in the rivers of the West for generations to come.
Your commitment to protecting natural resources makes incredible conservation happen.

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