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

Exploring Sierra Vista’s EOP

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

Bisbee effluent to help the San Pedro

Cochise County approved an agreement in August to buy treated effluent from the City of Bisbee for five years for a water recharge project designed to help the San Pedro River. In an effort to reverse the significant groundwater drawdown from decades of agricultural pumping, this project will put 200 acre-feet of water into the


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