A Living River: Supplementary Data for 2013 to 2016

The Living River reports were developed to annually gauge conditions of this valuable ecosystem, the Santa Cruz River, and track the impacts of our community investment. This supplementary report summarizes data from the past four water years. The report provides details on the water context and data for 16 indicators of river health.

What Can a River Teach us?

The sun is just rising through their school bus windows, but these fourth graders aren’t going to school. Instead, they are doing something some of them have never done before; they’re taking a… MORE ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Living River - Charting Wetland Conditions of the Lower Santa Cruz River 2015 Water Year
Living River 2016 Report Release Event

What’s Happening? Hey Tucson! Do you know the Living River in our community? The Santa Cruz River is Tucson’s Living River! And, we’re celebrating the river on July 21 with the release of our newest report… MORE ›

A Living River: Supplementary Data for 2013 to 2015

The Living River reports were developed to annually gauge conditions of this valuable ecosystem, the Santa Cruz River, and track the impacts of our community investment. This supplementary report summarizes data from the 2013, 2014, and 2015 water years. The report provides details on the water context and data for 16 indicators of river health.

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 ›

Living River Celebration

What’s the “Living River” The Living River project, a joint initiative of the Sonoran Institute and Pima County, is a special series on the Santa Cruz River, which aims to assess the wetland… MORE ›

Living River Presentation

What We Do in the Santa Cruz The Santa Cruz River Initiative is focused on restoration of watershed health with an aim to improve local water supplies. Our overall goals are to: secure… 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 ›

An Update From Our CEO

The Colorado River Gives Life Now we must give life back to the Colorado River. The Colorado River has been a life source for centuries. As the most iconic river in the West,… 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 ›

Stephanie Sklar
An Update From Our CEO

Sustaining the Legacy of Conservation Nearly 6 years ago, I had the extraordinary opportunity to accept the position of CEO of the Sonoran Institute. I had been very familiar with the Sonoran Institute… MORE ›

Stephanie Sklar
An Update From Our CEO

I will be retiring on August 1, 2020. To me, there would never be a perfect moment to retire, because our rivers, water supplies, lands and communities living in the North American West continue to require action.