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Let’s Clean Up Our Rivers!

The River Run Network is starting a recurring monthly initiative to help remove trash and continue to care for our creeks and rivers. Join us along the Rillito River, Pantano Wash, Santa Cruz River throughout the year as we clean up along the river and share more of this beauty with others.

As tributaries to the Santa Cruz River, it is important to keep trash and invasive species out of these creeks! The River Run Network has Flow365 Monitors at these sites, and we hope to share more of this beauty with others and make it a cleaner, greener place. Come join us as we clean up along these portions of the river to share some love with our creeks and rivers. 


Learn about the clean up sites:

Rillito River at Campbell Ave 

The Rillito River runs along the northern boundary of Tucson – from the confluence of Tanque Verde Creek and Pantano Wash to the Santa Cruz River. Tucsonans admire this place, especially The Loop bike path, the Mexican free-tailed bats that fly out from under Campbell bridge, along with a remarkable Sonoran desert sunset. The river has seen lots of flow over the monsoon season; and trash flows with it. 

Pantano Wash at Fort Lowell Park


Fort Lowell Park is a 59-acre park, located near Glenn and Craycroft Road, in North-Central Tucson. People come to see its mature trees, walking paths, and other recreational activities. Right along the Bike Loop, it's near the Tanque Verde and Pantano confluence. It’s a perfect place as well to be along the Pantano Wash and cleaning up our river. 


Rillito River at Dodge Blvd 

This area sits in between Brandi Fenton Memorial Park and the Rillito River Park along the Rillito River. Right off the Rillito Bike Path, it’s another great place to see the desert beauty and make it a cleaner and greener place!

Santa Cruz River at Irvington Rd


The Irvington Outfalls is near the Bike Loop along the Santa Cruz River. The Tucson Airport Remediation Project (TARP) release clean, recycled water into the Santa Cruz River and creates a vibrant flowing stream. This site is an example of Tucson Water's PFAS remediation efforts. It's a beautiful location on the west side of Tucson for a creek walk and to learn about recharge projects along the Santa Cruz River. 



Join us for our upcoming events:

Along Rillito River @ Campbell: Saturday December 10, 2022, 3-5pm
We look forward to scheduling more dates and events in the future. 
Contact Andrea Troyer, River Run Network Program Coordinator, atroyer@watershedmg.org if you have any questions.