It takes a village to save a desert river

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Mike Hayhurst helped wet dry map the Babocomari River for many years. Mike passed away this year at age 79.

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 (USPP), 21 entities who collaborate to use the best science to manage the water resources of the Upper San Pedro. 

Today, the CCRN is working to implement projects to increase groundwater supplies, including eight recharge sites that are either operating or in the planning stages. Read the full CCRN story by Holly Richter at the Herald Review.


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.