Stephanie Sklar
Our New Year’s Resolution for 2017

Dear Friend, We begin the New Year here at the Sonoran Institute with a simple message: Thank You! Thank you for your support, your dedication and your continued commitment to our North American… MORE ›

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Wickenburg Citizens Plan for the Future

For decades, Arizona has seen the positive effects of sharing an international border with Mexico. Expanded trade has a significant effect across the State as a whole; but in particular, in local communities… MORE ›

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Endangered Fish Thriving in Santa Cruz River

Recycled Wastewater Vital for Ecosystem Recovery The endangered Gila topminnow, which returned to the Santa Cruz River after a 10 year absence, now appears to be thriving. The native Arizona species, listed under… MORE ›

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Re-Envisioning the Upper Santa Cruz River

A few weeks ago, the Sonoran Institute hosted a meeting of stakeholders in the Upper Santa Cruz River in southern Arizona to discuss what they value about the river. The gathering is part… MORE ›

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Our Response to the 2016 Presidential Election

We, as a country, are faced with many unanswered questions after Tuesday’s presidential election. I will try briefly to answer just one…. What does the 2016 presidential election mean for the Sonoran Institute?… MORE ›

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What do Minutes Have to do with Water?

  Folks have been pretty excited at the Sonoran Institute offices recently as a new scientific report for the IBWC was released with interim results from the Minute 319 pulse flow. And while… MORE ›

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Celebrating the Mexicali Fluye Project

This September, the Sonoran Institute gathered with our agency partners to celebrate the Mexicali Fluye project, which is a new and innovative program that is transforming Mexicali’s drainages from dumping grounds to community… MORE ›

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Desert Alive

Bor∙der (noun). A line separating two political or geographical areas, especially countries. Countries, people, wildlife and even water. Edward Abbey said that there is no shortage of water in the Southwest desert but… MORE ›

Stephanie Sklar
My First 500 Days

When I came to the Sonoran Institute 21 months ago, we set a plan in motion for the first 500 days. I can report to you that in those 500 days: We finalized… MORE ›

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Lower Santa Cruz River Study Results

Newly Released Living River Report Tracks Changing River Conditions TUCSON, Ariz. (July 12, 2016) –  Pima County and the Sonoran Institute have finalized the third EPA-funded report in a series entitled A Living… MORE ›

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Tracking Your Living River’s Health

by Claire Zugmeyer If you live in Tucson, Arizona, the Santa Cruz is your Living River. Though many locals are familiar with the dry stretch visible from downtown, residents are often surprised to… MORE ›

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Remembering Bill Mitchell

It is with great sadness that we report that our friend and colleague, Bill Mitchell, passed away on May 27th, 2016. Bill served on the Sonoran Institute’s Board of Directors from 2010 to… MORE ›

Mother Katie Banister runs with Pippin Came 4, in jogger, and Molly Came, 8, riding along The Loop near Speedway Blvd along the Santa Cruz River on August 1, 2012.  The Loop is 55 miles of car-free paths being developed around metropolitan Tucson.  The Loop runs along the Rillito River Park, Santa Cruz River Park, the Julian Wash Greenway, the Harrison Greenway and the Pantano River Park.
The Living River of Your Community

What is a river to a desert? A source of life, a safe haven for plants and animals, perhaps a place to have your next weekend picnic? How about all of those things.… MORE ›

Endangered Fish Rediscovered in Santa Cruz River

Return Demonstrates Role of Recycled Wastewater in Ecosystem Recovery “We have seen such an improvement in water quality from a 2009 upgrade to the international wastewater treatment plant that we knew Gila topminnow… MORE ›