Exploring Sierra Vista’s EOP

Birding enthusiasts on an EOP tour
Photo by Dutch Nagle, volunteer and past president of the Friends of the San Pedro River

Sierra Vista Herald/Review recently published an article titled Exploring Sierra Vista’s Environmental Operations Park (EOP), which is one of the active sites in the Cochise Conservation and Recharge Network (CCRN). Since 2002, the EOP has recharged effluent underground to increase groundwater levels and flows in the San Pedro River. It is the largest water reclamation project in the Upper San Pedro Sub-watershed.

The EOP offers docent-led tours, allowing visitors an up-close view of an active recharge site as well as the wildlife that is attracted to the water features. Tours are free and open to the public.

Purpose

The purpose of the Cochise Conservation and Recharge Network (CCRN) is to implement a regional network of water-management projects that meet the long-term needs of the Sierra Vista Subwatershed.

Vision

The vision of the CCRN is a flowing San Pedro River, the conservation of water resources, and a vibrant local economy.

Member Organizations

The CCRN was formed in 2015, and includes Cochise County, the City of Sierra Vista, The Nature Conservancy, Hereford Natural Resources Conservation District, and the City of Bisbee.