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  • Public invited to workshops to provide feedback on a Santa Cruz River management

    Sep 29, 2017 | Read More News
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    File: Santa Cruz RiverThe Pima County Regional Flood Control District and Sonoran Institute want the public’s input on management strategies for the section of the Santa Cruz River that runs through Metro Tucson.
    Since 2013, the 23-mile stretch of the Santa Cruz north of Grant Road has transformed into a remarkable natural and cultural amenity. Improvements to Pima County’s wastewater treatment system have created a thriving river ecosystem that has increased the amount of water naturally recharging the local aquifer, improved aquatic habitat, and enhanced public transportation and recreation opportunities along The Loop multi-use path.
    However, the year-round flow of reclaimed water, coupled with seasonal flooding, causes wear and tear to the bank protection in that area. This requires the District to repair the bank protection more frequently so that it continues to protect public safety and property as well as serve as a community resource and attraction. To facilitate those goals and to better gauge public priorities, values, and concerns for the river, the Regional Flood Control District is developing a management plan for the Santa Cruz starting with the stretch from Grant to Trico Road.
    “The Santa Cruz really has become a “Living River” again,” Civil Engineering Manager Evan Canfield said. “Our work with the Sonoran Institute shows conditions changed dramatically for the better after the wastewater upgrades in 2013. We want to build on that success by finding out what people value about the river, what they know,where they go, what they want to see, what their concerns are, and what their priorities are.”
    To gather feedback on the public’s priorities, values and concerns and to build a vision for the river, the Sonoran Institute is hosting a trio of workshops, each focused on a segment of this stretch of the Santa Cruz:
    • October 10, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Rd.
      • Focus area - Grant to Ina Road
    • October 12, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Dr., 2nd Floor Conference Room
      • Focus area - Avra Valley to Trico Road
    • October 18, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Dr.
      • Focus area - Ina to Avra Valley Road
    The public is invited to attend any or all of the sessions. To register and find more information on the workshops go to the Sonoran Institute event page.  Details on the changing conditions of the Lower Santa Cruz River can be found in the Sonoran Institute’s Living River report series. For more information, contact Evan Canfield, Pima County Regional Flood Control, by phone, 520.724.4636 or email.

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