It takes a village to save a desert river

It takes a village to save a desert river, including partnerships and persistence. Twenty-three years ago, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) first sat down with stakeholders from local, state, and federal agencies and organizations to see if they could collaborate on hydrologic science along the San Pedro. The group evolved into the Upper San Pedro Partnership

CCRN publishes first 5-year review and annual report

CCRN released its 5-year Review and Annual Report 2020 on June 11, 2021. Highlights of the 30-page report include a summary of what the CCRN is and how it works, accomplishments and lessons learned, and data on the eight CCRN sites and projects. The report was prepared by The Nature Conservancy and Montgomery & Associates

ADWR completes San Pedro basin well sweep study

Arizona Department of Water Resources completed the San Pedro basin well sweep study, and staff hydrologists found decline of water levels in more than 77 percent of the wells tested since 2007, according to a March 10, 2021, Herald/Review article. The study covers the San Pedro basin, which includes the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation

New multiuse trail around Palominas Recharge Project open

Cochise County has announced the opening of a new, 2-mile multi-use trail around the Palominas Recharge Project. “After months of planning and development, the trail is open to hikers, strollers, bikes and horseback riding on the county’s 285-acre recharge property. The public now has access to a safe and scenic landscape for exercise and fresh

2020 Wet/Dry Maps Available

Since 1999, the Nature Conservancy has conducted the Wet/Dry Mapping Project giving volunteers the opportunity to monitor our rivers. Every June, participants in the program walk or ride horses along the San Pedro River to record where the streams have surface flow and where they are dry during the hottest, driest time of the year.

One-stop web portal planned for San Pedro Basin

A web-based hydrologic information portal (WHIP) is being planned for the Upper San Pedro Basin. The plan is to compile technical and scientific data that is currently spread out over multiple agencies into an easily accessible site. Brooke Bushman of The Nature Conservancy said, “This is the most important step of WHIP, gathering the input

Monitoring complete, 2019 reports publicly available

We have successfully completed a year of monitoring at the CCRN recharge project sites. Highlights from the 2019 monitoring year are presented here and also available to the public on the Cochise County website. The full 2019 Annual Report detailing CCRN’s rigorous monitoring program is available here.

Technology News: Recharging the San Pedro

The Military Engineer featured the San Pedro recharge project in the Technology News section of its July-August 2020 edition. This article paints a picture of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, describes the limited water resources and drought conditions, and highlights the efforts of the CCRN. Read the article here.

Recent presentations feature CCRN’s work

The recharge network approach offers solutions to some of Arizona’s most vexing water resource problems, as demonstrated by three recently recorded presentations featuring CCRN. At the last workshop of the Willcox Water Project on July 8, Holly Richter of the Nature Conservancy and Mark Apel of Cochise County gave presentations via Zoom. The workshop delved

Wet/dry mapping of San Pedro completed, other projects in the works

The Nature Conservancy and 50+ volunteers completed the 22nd annual wet/dry mapping of the San Pedro River, staggering the trips over a week to practice social distancing. The project was featured in a June 19 article in the Herald/Review. “We had to use smaller teams going out on different days,” said Holly Richter, TNC hydrologist. “The

Recharge your health while we recharge the river

Attention Cochise County residents: check out the new walking path along the Palominas Recharge Project off S. Hwy 92. Learn about the County’s efforts to conserve water and sustain the San Pedro River while enjoying some fresh air and exercise. Watch the video here.

Five-Year Road Map adopted

CCRN is pleased to announce that we have adopted a new Five-Year Road Map for 2020-2024 after successfully meeting the objectives laid out in our previous Road Map. The mission of the CCRN is to implement a regional network of land and water management projects that result in a healthy watershed, flowing San Pedro River,

Grant to allow real-time collection of river data

The Upper San Pedro Partnership (USPP) will begin work on a web portal to provide researchers and the public with real-time hydrological data on the San Pedro River, thanks to a $99,000 grant. The web portal will provide readily accessible information and data visualization tools, and it will ensure timely availability of Sierra Vista Subwatershed

Practical solutions will help to protect the San Pedro

In a Jan. 11 editorial in the Arizona Daily Star, Tom Borer, chair of the Cochise County Board of Supervisors, and Edward T. Gilligan, Cochise County administrator, aim to “set the record straight regarding Cochise County and its partners’ efforts in conserving water and protecting the San Pedro River.” The editorial is in response to


The mission of the Cochise Conservation & Recharge Network (CCRN) is to implement a regional network of land and water management projects that result in a healthy watershed, flowing San Pedro River, conservation of water resources, and a vibrant local economy.

Member Organizations

The CCRN was formed in 2015. The members are Cochise County, the City of Sierra Vista, The Nature Conservancy, Hereford Natural Resources Conservation District, the City of Bisbee, Fort Huachuca, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.