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  • Pima County Seeks Input on Santa Cruz River Management

    Aug 02, 2017 | Read More News
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    File: Santa Cruz RiverThe Pima County Regional Flood Control District is developing a management plan for the stretch of the Santa Cruz River downstream from the Wastewater Reclamation Facilities in light of the enhanced river conditions along the Santa Cruz River associated with the improved effluent water quality. 

    “The river conditions have changed dramatically since the upgrades to the Wastewater Reclamation Facilities in 2013,” Civil Engineering Manager Evan Canfield said. “The river is a much more pleasant place. The stream is clearer. The water quality is vastly improved and far more conducive to aquatic wildlife, including a number of species of fish. What’s more, twice as much water is infiltrating into the regional aquifer.” 

    Still, year-round flows often result in wear and tear to the bank protection, requiring frequent repairs and an ongoing need to manage changing river conditions to prevent flood damage and ensure the Santa Cruz River continues to serve as an amenity to the community.

    “Our goal is to determine what Pima County residents value about the Santa Cruz River so that we can continue to achieve community benefits as well as provide flood safety,” Canfield said.

    To that end, the Sonoran Institute, which has been documenting the changing conditions on the river in the Living River report series, has developed a survey intended to gauge public priorities, values, and concerns for the river. The survey includes a short informational video on the changes along the Santa Cruz River.

    File: Santa Cruz RiverParticipation in the online questionnaire is anonymous and the feedback will help with the formation of long and short-term management strategies for the Santa Cruz River. As part of the outreach effort, inserts mailed along with residents’ August and September water bills will explain how to participate. The deadline for submitting answers is September 15, 2017. 
    This online survey is a companion to upcoming community workshops where the Sonoran Institute and the District will gather feedback on the public’s values and concerns, building a vision for the river. These workshops will be at the following locations and times:
    • Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center - October 10, 6–7:30 p.m. (Focus on the Grant to Ina Reach)
    • Town of Marana Municipal Complex 2nd Floor Conference Room - October 12, 6–7:30 p.m. (Focus on the Avra Valley to Trico Reach)
    • Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library - October 18, 6–7:30 p.m. (Focus on the Ina to Avra Valley Reach)
    Everyone is welcome to participate, head to www.tiny.cc/scrworkshops to take the survey and view the video. Thank you for providing your opinion!

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