California Growing Water Smart Guidebook

Growing Water Smart program introduces communities to the full range of communications, public engagement, planning, and policy implementation tools to realize their watershed health and community resiliency goals. Through Growing Water Smart, California… MORE ›

Desert’s federal lands key to future military operations

In the California Desert region, military missions and environmental health are intertwined. This report provides a framework to local communities, conservation organizations, and military interests on how to ensure the enduring viability of… MORE ›

Sonoran Institute – 2015 Annual Report (10/27/16)

This annual report is dedicated to the next generation. It focuses on the future, not just for the Sonoran Institute and all of us who support this work, but for those who will inherit it from us.

California Mining Report (10.27.15)

This report explores the economic contribution of mining in the California Desert and assesses the impact of the proposed California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act (CDCRA) of 2015 on mining activities in the region. The report concludes that the legislation will have minimal impact on mining and builds on the natural and cultural attractions that have been significant drivers of the regional economy for the past four decades.

California Mining Report Fact Sheet (10.27.15)

Fact sheet to accompany California Mining Report. Research by the Sonoran Institute finds that the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act (CDCRA) of 2015 will have minimal impact on mining operations in San Bernardino County. The legislation will also enhance the natural and cultural attractions that have been significant drivers of the regional economy for the past 4 decades.

California Mining Report Summary (10.27.15)

A condensed version of our full California Mining Report. This report explores the economic contribution of mining in the California Desert and assesses the impact of the proposed California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act (CDCRA) of 2015 on mining activities in the region.