A Living River: Charting Wetland Conditions of the Lower Santa Cruz River (2016 Water Year)

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Developed in conjunction with Pima County, this fourth report examines changes in indicators of river health along a 23-mile stretch of the Lower Santa Cruz River in Southern Arizona during the 2016 water year (October 1, 2015–September 30, 2016). Modeled on the Sonoran Institute’s Living River report for the Upper Santa Cruz River, this report documents annual change along the Lower Santa Cruz River to gain insight into the river’s health. Beginning with a baseline in 2013 (prior to reclamation facility upgrades), the Living River series is an assessment of the wetland conditions created and affected by the effluent (treated waste water).


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