Santa Cruz River Case Statement

Read our case statement for more information on challenges facing the Santa Cruz River and how we plan to achieve our vision.

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.

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.

Raise the River Accomplishments Report Cover May 2016
Raise the River: Report of Accomplishments (May 2016)

Raise the River is a unique partnership of U.S. and Mexican non-governmental organizations committed to reviving the Colorado River Delta. Sonoran Institute is one of the founding members of the partnership. This progress report focuses on the activities necessary to support environmental restoration for benefit of the people and wildlife of the Delta.

Living River – Charting the Health of the Upper Santa Cruz River 2008-2014

The Living River series tracks river conditions of the Santa Cruz River. This report is a special update for the Upper Santa Cruz River and provides a summary of the changes between 2008 and 2014. Separate Living River reports are available for the 2008, 2009, and 2010 water years.

Sonoran Institute – 2014 Annual Report (11.02.15)

For over 25 years, Sonoran Institute has been a pioneer in efforts to unite and celebrate the best of Western culture, history, nature and urban spaces by making connections, seeking practical solutions and promoting… MORE ›

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.

2040 VISION: Bold Plans for the Changing West

While we can’t predict the future, we can aspire to a certain type of future, one that draws on the lessons learned through 25 years of experience shaping the future of the West.

Mutual Benefit: Preserving Arizona’s Military Mission and the Value of Publicly-Owned Lands

Over the past two decades, the United States Military has paid greater attention to the management and stewardship of Arizona’s natural resources. Two primary reasons for these actions are: (1) military bases must preserve the realism of battlefield conditions on-the-ground; and (2) military bases must protect the integrity of their military mission from pressures posed by encroachment.

Colorado River Delta Program Summary — Spring 2015 update

Water, life, and hope are returning to the Delta. In conjunction with the historic binational agreement Minute 319, we are leading efforts to 1) restore natural habitat through on-the ground restoration projects; 2) renew individual and community relationships with the river and promote long-term stewardship through community engagement; and 3) reconnect the Colorado River with the sea by developing innovative mechanisms to secure water for the Delta.