News

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
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Cochise Conservation Recharge Network holds promise for Sierra Vista region

The economic and environmental health of the Sierra Vista region have something critical in common: both depend on limited groundwater supplies. The Upper San Pedro River is among the last free-flowing rivers in the southwestern United States, supports abundant wildlife including 250 bird species, and is dependent on groundwater. At the same time, Fort Huachuca,
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Volunteers map the San Pedro for 20th Year Running

Hereford — In the early Sunday morning chill, four women trudged through the ankle-deep sand of the San Pedro riverbed, clipboards and GPS devices in hand. Their mission: to take over where their fellow citizen scientists had left off the day before by mapping the nearly 5 ½-mile stretch of the river lying between Highway
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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.