Santa Cruz River
The Santa Cruz River has provided life-giving water for more than 12,000 years. Unfortunately, in recent years, the river is all but dry, endangering not only local communities and economies, but rare examples of wetland habitats.
Thanks to the efforts of the Sonoran Institute, the health of the river has improved as wastewater (also known as effluent) has been treated to higher standards and used to restore the river’s riparian corridor. Already we’re seeing water clarity and quality improve, aquatic wildlife thrive and nutrient pollution decline.
The Colorado River Delta
In the spring of 2014, a momentous event occurred: 105,000 acre-feet of water pulsed through the Colorado River Delta, reinvigorating wildlife habitats and bringing new economic opportunities to the local communities.
Since then, The Sonoran Institute continues to expand our restoration efforts, and we are actively monitoring the life-giving effects of the renewed, restored and reconnected Delta. From cottonwood seedlings taking root to new habitat renewal efforts, the Colorado River Delta Program continues to be a shining example of positive environmental change.
State Trust Lands
Our work with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy ensures the state trust lands of the West are planned, managed and preserved with an eye toward future sustainability.
Working together, we’ve been able to prove the viability (economically and politically) of conservation efforts on state trust lands. By monetizing conservation efforts, we’re able to reduce environmentally harmful alternatives, and further support the balance between our built and natural environments.