Santa Cruz River Improvements Workshops

October 10, 2017 - October 18, 2017


Your voice is an important part of the Santa Cruz River!

Have you ever thought that your regular route on the Loop trail could use a drinking fountain? Would you rather see new flowing reaches of the river or protect the currently flowing & vegetated areas? Do you feel that erosion needs to be taken more seriously on your local stretch of the Santa Cruz? We want to hear all of your ideas, big and small.

This series of FREE workshops is a venue for sharing your experiences and ideas about the Santa Cruz River. Your input will be used in the upcoming management plan for part of the Santa Cruz River. You will help us ensure that the river remains a vital and thriving resource in our community.

How will I influence the future of the Santa Cruz River?

The Santa Cruz River Improvements Workshop and Survey is an opportunity to share your river management preferences and to share ideas for improvement projects. Your input will be used by Pima County as they develop a management plan for the stretch of river between Grant and Trico Road. This includes the flowing section that begins near Sweetwater Drive.

This management plan guides the future of our river in two ways, and you can influence them both.

  1. The plan will describe goals and outline ways for reaching those goals. You help identify which areas need special attention by telling us what you like about the river and your values.
  2. The Plan will also identify and prioritize river improvements related to flood safety, erosion, and recreation. Projects can include things that enhance your experience on the river, such as additional signage, restrooms, drinking fountains and anything else you come up with. Pima County wants to know your suggestions for improvement projects.
What will these workshops be like?

Come prepared to think in broad and fine scales & to share your experiences! As a workshop attendee, you’ll give your input in three highly interactive ways. First, you’ll watch a short video and tell us what information is new and exciting to you. Second, you’ll identify the preferred solution to realistic management scenarios. Finally, you’ll use maps to record suggestions for improvement projects along the river.

NOTE: There will be three workshops, each one focused on a subset of the management area. You can attend more than one workshop. If you know someone that might like to participate, but can’t attend a workshop please share our online survey.

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Grant Road to Ina Road
Tuesday October 10, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Flowing Wells Community Center
1660 W Ruthrauff Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85705


Ina Road to Avra Valley Road

Wednesday October 18, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wheeler Taft Abbet Public Library
7800 N Schisler Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85743


Avra Valley Road to Trico Road

Thursday October 12, 2017
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Marana Municipal Complex, 2nd Fl.
11555 W Civic Center Drive
Marana, AZ 85653



What we do in the Santa Cruz:

The Santa Cruz River Initiative is focused on reconnecting communities with the river, retaining stretches with flowing water, and restoring watershed conditions. Our overall goal is to invest in water for the environment and communities along the Santa Cruz River. Our efforts in the Santa Cruz River are all part of our passion to conserve and plan for Flourishing Landscapes in the West. We encourage you to learn more about this work.