In the Seat of Restoration

Interviewing the people closest to the Colorado River Delta restoration The Colorado River Delta is a place where nature is returning to life in extraordinary ways, especially with the regular deliveries of water… MORE ›

Water is on the Way: The travelogue completes

We continue to follow the path of the water being delivered to the Colorado River Delta. From the first irrigation gate being opened to seeing the water rejuvenate our restoration sites the water… MORE ›

Spring Flows are Headed to the Sea: A travelogue

Water is flowing in the Delta Something special began May 1, 2021. The governments of Mexico and the United States agreed to begin delivering water specifically for the environment of the Colorado River… MORE ›

Trash. It’s pervasive and pernicious.

It’s one of your pet peeves, and ours too! As every visitor to the Santa Cruz River knows, trash is a persistent environmental issue. Our community has long brought up trash as something… MORE ›

A Recap of Research Days

“Many different research projects are working in tandem to create a better environment for the natural world, but also for the one we carve out for ourselves.” Santa Cruz River Research Days brings together… MORE ›

Filming the Colorado

The life source of the West seen through film The Colorado River is an amazing force of nature and a crucial resource for life in the West, but we all know that words… MORE ›

Water for the Environment

A lot can be done with just a little water Water is precious in the Colorado River system. It’s refreshing to dip your feet in a creek fed by spring’s snowmelt, but what… MORE ›

Agua para el medioambiente

Podemos hacer mucho con solo un poco de agua El agua es muy preciada para el ecosistema del río Colorado Es refrescante remojarse los pies en un arroyo alimentado por el deshielo primaveral,… MORE ›

Gunnison County Team. Pictured: David Baumgarten, Ashley Bembenek, Will Dujardin, Janet Farmer, Russ Forrest, Roland Mason, Julie Nania, Rachel Sabbato, with workshop facilitators, Faith Sternlieb, Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy and Danielle McPherson, WaterNow Alliance
Teamwork Protects Water Resources

“We’re all in this together” is a spirit that has long sustained the communities of Gunnison County in western Colorado. Nestled in the Rockies and surrounded by national forests, Gunnison Valley is several… MORE ›

Capturing our Annual Fish Survey

On November 13, Sonoran Institute coordinated the annual fish survey at four locations along the Santa Cruz to determine which species are currently in the river. This multi-partner effort included staff from Arizona… MORE ›

Helping Gila Topminnow Swim Home

In 2015, we found about a dozen endangered Gila topminnow in the Santa Cruz River near Tubac. If you had told me then, that in 2020 I would help catch hundreds of the… MORE ›

Flowing water in Denver, Colorado
Planning for an Uncertain Future around Water

In the arid West, there is much uncertainty around water. Falling water supplies. Growing cities and towns. Competing needs of farmers, cities, and tribes. Having enough water for wildlife.   These factors underscore that we live in a world rife with uncertainty—who would have guessed we… MORE ›