Waste to Water: Modern Alchemy

Wastewater has been transformed into crystal clear, life-supporting water. John Light is the area operations manager at the Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant, and today he’s also the tour guide of this federal facility.

An Update From Our CEO

The breathtaking and diverse landscapes of Colorado inspire me. Aspen leaves ablaze with color in the autumn, the iconic snow-capped Rockies in winter, picturesque cities and towns full of friendly faces—there’s something for everyone here.

Coming to Understand Water in the Desert

“You feel like it’s a place that people have had deep meaningful connections to for a long time.” —Roger Dorr, chief of resource management and park archaeologist at Tumacácori National Historic Park Roger… MORE ›

An Update From Our CEO

A Splash of Summer It’s summertime! That time of year, when we all like to get away and enjoy friends, family, or just some quiet time alone. It’s time to visit new places and favorite,… MORE ›

The Magic of Flowing Water

Sonoran Institute’s headquarters are right downtown, so I thought no problem, I’ll give myself 15-20 minutes and have plenty of time to jump on my bike and get there. In hindsight, I should… MORE ›

Just Add Water

A new flow for the Santa Cruz River in Downtown Tucson On June 24th Tucson Water will launch the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project with the release of highly treated recycled water into the… MORE ›

Día de San Juan Fiesta

4:30–10 PM Mercado san agustin annex 267 s. avenida del convento tucson, az 85745 Fiesta and Santa Cruz River Heritage Project Launch El Día de San Juan is a traditional, family-friendly event welcoming… MORE ›

Luke Cole
Associate Director for Resilient Communities and Watersheds
Luke became the associate director for Resilient Communities and Watersheds upon joining the Sonoran Institute in 2018. Luke manages the ongoing projects on the Santa Cruz River, working with staff and collaborators to…
An Update From Our CEO

I want to thank each and every one of you for the critical role you play in making our work possible. This past year demonstrated that with perseverance and dedication we will thrive.… MORE ›

Message from the CEO and Board Chair

Collaboration Leads to Benefits We Share Throughout the West Dear Friends, Thanks to you, this has been another year of exciting accomplishments. At the Sonoran Institute, we understand that people arrive at conservation… MORE ›

Gila Topminnow Returns Bike Ride

8-10Am All ages welcome   Does a fish need a bicycle? Well, no. But we’re celebrating the return of the Gila Topminnow to Tucson’s Santa Cruz River—and the new artwork honoring it—with a… MORE ›

Stephanie Sklar
An Update From Our CEO

We’re Dedicated to Helping Communities Live Their Values Change happens in communities by bringing people together, identifying shared values and finding common ground, which is what the Sonoran Institute does best. You and… MORE ›

Stephanie Sklar
An Update From Our CEO

It is the season of gratitude for the year’s achievements and the setting of intentions for the year to come. Here at the Sonoran Institute we are looking back on a year of… MORE ›