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 ›
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.
Developed in conjunction with Pima County, this third report examines changes in indicators of river health along a 23-mile stretch of the Lower Santa Cruz River in Southern Arizona during the 2015 water year (October 1, 2014–September 30, 2015).
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
Read our case statement for more information on challenges facing the Santa Cruz River and how we plan to achieve our vision.
HYBRID IN-PERSON AND VIRTUAL EVENT HÍBRIDO CON OPCIONES PARA SER EN PERSONA Y VIRTUAL This FREE event is a venue for learning about research and conservation efforts while exploring the Santa Cruz River’s natural… MORE ›
“The cultural history of the Santa Cruz is a rich, complex, and fascinating one. For starters, the Santa Cruz is the reason we can call Tucson home. And its waters have supported people… MORE ›
virtual presentations and in-person tour This FREE event is a venue for learning about research and conservation efforts while exploring the Santa Cruz River’s natural and cultural resources. Through presentations, panels, and open discussion, we… MORE ›
Bringing water from the Conservation Effluent Pool into action. Good news broke last March at Santa Cruz River Research Days: Pima County received approval to permanently allocate water to sustain river flows benefiting… MORE ›
Virtual and in-person sessions FREE Celebrate the colorful dragonflies living along the Santa Cruz River! October 1 Dragonfly Talk 7–8 P.M. Learn about dragonfly ecology with local dragonfly expert, Jeff Babson, in this… MORE ›
By all measures, this year’s monsoon is making up for lost time. Historical records from the Santa Cruz River valley are checkered wildly. One year’s entry marks the river as “full of water”… MORE ›
9 – 11:30 AM Virtual event FREE Celebrate the colorful dragonflies living along the Santa Cruz River! Event schedule: 9 to 10 a.m. Meet the Santa Cruz River! Learn about dragonflies and river ecology… MORE ›
The Santa Cruz River has provided life-sustaining water for more than 12,000 years. Climate aridification and a century of overuse has negatively impacted the river, however we can continue to restore its vitality.
8am-11AM Santa Cruz RiVer at El camino del cerro TUCSON, AZ To our wonderful Santa Cruz River cleanup volunteers, We will be rescheduling our April 19, 2020 cleanup event to prevent the spread… MORE ›
Numbers and dots on a map do not say everything about the river’s value. The community’s experiences and stories are equally important. —Amanda Smith, Program Coordinator Over the course of several months, I… MORE ›
Newly Released Living River Report for Water Year 2018 Highlights Aquatic Invertebrate Diversity Increase and Improved Water Quality The health of the Santa Cruz River continues to improve significantly. The return of aquatic… MORE ›
9 AM–2 PM Crossroads at Silverbell Park 7548 N Silverbell Rd. • Tucson, AZ 85743 (Ramada #2 near baseball diamonds) Celebrate the colorful dragonflies living along the Santa Cruz River! Event schedule: 9am… MORE ›
One of the most interesting parts of this year’s Santa Cruz River Research Days was a special panel and discussion session to determine priorities for future research. The speakers, researchers and community leaders… MORE ›