Come celebrate your living Santa Cruz River!
Sonoran Institute and Pima County are excited to share our latest Living River annual report on October 14th. We’ll be gathering at the outfall of the Agua Nueva Wastewater Reclamation Facility (aka the beginning of flowing water reach) to celebrate our healthier river and the return of the endangered Gila topminnow. You can join us by bike for a ride along the river or simply park near the Sweetwater Wetlands and walk north .2 miles along the Chuck Huckleberry Loop.
Come for the snacks, good company, bird watching, and viewing of the Gila topminnow art painted on the path earlier this year.
Bike ride starting point: For a 4.7-mile ride, meet at 8 am on the west side of Santa Cruz River and Speedway Blvd. From there, the ride will go north on the east side of The Loop. View map
Driving directions: View map
Living River reports were launched in 2008 when Sonoran Institute began tracking conditions of the flowing reach in Santa Cruz County. In 2012 this annual series was expanded in partnership with Pima County to include the reach in Pima County from Northwest Tucson to Marana. Water quality in this reach has rapidly improved the last 5 years since Pima County invested over $600 million in upgrades to our water reclamation facilities. The Living River annual report documents the improving wetland conditions in this reach.
Learn more about our work on the Santa Cruz River