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

Public invited to provide input on walking/biking path

A public meeting will be held Tuesday, September 24, 2019, inviting feedback on a proposed walking and biking path alongside the Palominas Recharge Basin. The half-mile, non-motorized path will provide residents and tourists with a safe place to exercise while learning about the County’s water recharge efforts. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at

CCRN recharge efforts will benefit the San Pedro River

Sierra Vista Herald/Review recently published an article relating the San Pedro River to a new study on the link between groundwater pumping and stream depletion. The study, by Laura E. Condon, University of Arizona, and Reed M. Maxwell, Colorado School of Mines, focused on isolating impacts of decreased groundwater storage. The article highlights CCRN projects

Coyote Wash recharge project moves forward

On July 1, 2019, CCRN had the opportunity to update the public on the Coyote Wash Urban Enhanced Runoff Recharge Project. For the past three years, CCRN has sought ways to help support the San Pedro River ecosystem and the sustaining aquifer, according to CCRN member Karen Riggs. She and Ricardo Aguirre, founder of Holistic

The 21st annual San Pedro River mapping project was a success

More than 100 volunteers turned out for the 21st annual wet/dry mapping project on the San Pedro River last month. This event, which is supported by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), involves teams of volunteers wading through the shallow water to record wet and dry sections of the river during the driest time of the year.

Maricopa County water managers tour recharge facilities

On May 30, 2019 a dozen staff people from the Maricopa Flood Control District, City of Surprise and the City of Buckeye made a stop in Cochise County to visit the county’s recharge facility in Palominas. Engineers, floodplain managers and environmental planners made up the contingency of folks interested in the way the county is

Experts discuss sustaining the San Pedro River

A panel of experts including CCRN members Holly Richter and Sara Ransom were invited to the Bisbee Royale Theater on May 10, 2019, to discuss the present and future health of the San Pedro River. CCRN member Holly Richter, Arizona Water Projects director for the Nature Conservancy, was part of the panel that discussed the

Southeast Arizona Citizens Forum presents project update at public meeting

Karen C. Riggs, Cochise County special projects engineer, presented at the U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission’s public meeting of the Southeast Arizona Citizens Forum (SACF). At the March 21 meeting held in Sierra Vista, Ms. Riggs detailed the history of the county’s recharge projects and presented plans for development. The current

CCRN to be featured at statewide water conference

Sara Ransom of Cochise County will be presenting on the Cochise Conservation and Recharge Network at a statewide water conference in Phoenix on February 1, 2019 sponsored by the University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center. The conference, Arizona Runs on Water: Scarcity, Challenges, and Community-based Solutions, will showcase the varied and innovative ways Arizona

Coyote Wash Project Moving Forward

The Coyote Wash Recharge Project is the largest project of its kind and one of the most unique, since it is the first funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Conservation Resource Service (NRCS) on public land. That is thanks to a new bill which focuses NRCS on watersheds, not just


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.


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.