CCRN publishes 2022 annual report

CCRN is pleased to announce the publication of its third Annual Report. Highlights of the 2022 report include a brief summary of how the CCRN works, cumulative benefits from CCRN projects, a map of current and future projects, and an illustration of what we are learning. The report was prepared by Montgomery & Associates, The

Living River book tour comes to Copper Queen Library

On May 9, 2023, at 5:30 p.m., Copper Queen Library will host conservation photographer Dave Showalter as he presents his latest book, Living River: The Promise of the Mighty Colorado. Living River takes readers on a journey through the endangered Colorado River from source to sea and illustrates how we can create a resilient watershed

Three decades of innovative conservation on the San Pedro River

On Sunday, February 26, the Herald/Review published a magazine insert titled “Life in Cochise,” which includes a story about the collaborative efforts on the San Pedro. Following is an excerpt. One of the most unique things about the San Pedro are the innovative conservation efforts that have focused on the river since the 1980s. It

BLM joins CCRN

CCRN is pleased to welcome its newest partner, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. BLM manages the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation area (SPRNCA) and shares CCRN’s mission to conserve water resources. “We look forward to contributing to this collaborative partnership that plays a critical role in helping protect the SPRNCA,” said Scott Feldhausen, BLM

Bisbee explores projects to help keep San Pedro flowing

The San Pedro River is one of the last undammed rivers in the American Southwest. It is critical to Cochise County’s economy. According to Bisbee City Manager Steve Pauken, the river is essential to the existence of Fort Huachuca. Current dry mapping by the Nature Conservancy shows that one of the driest parts of the

Science Café: Cochise County Water

Mark Apel is the featured speaker at Science Café: Cochise County Water – a Tale of Two Valleys on Sunday, October 16, 3-5 p.m. This free event will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 19 Sowles Ave, Bisbee. Learn about the hydrology of the San Pedro Valley and the Sulphur Springs Valley, their challenges,

Water Resources Research Center publishes Cochise County Factsheet

The University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) published an Arizona Water Factsheet on Cochise County that highlights the area’s water sources, uses, and challenges. The factsheet also discusses conservation and recharge efforts and mentions CCRN’s monitoring program. Read the Arizona Water Factsheet here.

Herald/Review covers CCRN annual report

On August 30, 2022, the Herald/Review featured a story with the following opening statement: “Positive signs are starting to show the benefits of the Cochise Conservation and Recharge Network efforts to capture storm runoff, control the deposit of sediment during flood events and recharge a 25-mile portion of the Upper San Pedro River.” The article

CCRN publishes second annual report

CCRN is pleased to announce the release of its Annual Report 2021. Highlights of the 10-page report include a summary of what the CCRN does, accomplishments and lessons learned, and what comes next. In addition to the Annual Report, CCRN developed a Funding Requirement flier to demonstrate funding needed to complete the projects. Both the

Online portal offers critical water information on San Pedro Basin

A Web-based Hydrologic Information Portal (WHIP) is now live after six years of work by the agencies in the Upper San Pedro Partnership to gather data from decades of work on the Upper San Pedro Basin. The WHIP, which was designed to serve as a resource for water managers, decision makers, researchers, and the public,

Celebrating World Water Day

World Water Day was Tuesday, March 22, 2022, and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) celebrated by discussing groundwater and ongoing recharge projects. TNC held a virtual meeting to talk about the impact of climate change and groundwater pumping around the rural communities in Arizona, including Cochise County. Read the full Herald/Review story, and view a recording

CCRN makes an impact

The Cochise Conservation and Recharge Network (CCRN) is pleased to announce that its 5-Year Review and 2020 Annual Report was selected to receive an Impact Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Southern Arizona chapter. The award was given at the annual PRSA Impact Awards recognition ceremony held on November 2, 2021, at

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


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.