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Our River Heritage: The Story of Tucson’s Rivers and our Future Legacy

Our River Heritage: The Story of Tucson’s Rivers and our Future Legacy
Thursday, August 26th @ 5:30p.m. - 6:30p.m.

In this virtual event, learn about the rich heritage of our arroyos, creeks, and rivers and the value that water holds for the peoples of Southern Arizona. In particular, we acknowledge the indigenous communities that have respected and stewarded our rivers for thousands of years and the Tohono O’odham, Pascua Yaqui, and Latino communities that continue to steward the rivers today. We will share what our rivers used to be like, our current connections to the rivers, and how we can shape a better future for our watershed. WMG’s Executive Director, Lisa Shipek, will share WMG's 50-year vision and community actions to restore our rivers and practical ways you can help us get there. She will be joined by two guest presenters, Josefina Cardenas with Barrio Kroeger Lane and David Tenario with the San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation, who will share the rich history and present connections to the river.

About Our Speakers:

David Tenario is the Assistant Supervisor for the San Xavier District Natural Resources Department and has been with his department for nearly 20 years.  He resides at the Village of Wa:k and is a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation.  David works on protecting and conserving the San Xavier District’s land, water, environment, cultural resources, archaeological sites, and related natural resources. 

Josefina Cardenas is a Tucsonan that has lived all of her life close to the river. Her family is now up to the fourth generation and Barrio Kroeger Lane residents have families that have lived in the same home or area below Sentinel Peak “A” Mountain along the Santa Cruz River at the past time for seven generations.

This event is organized through WMG’s River Run Network. If you are not yet a member, we will add you to the Network when you register for this event. RRN membership is free and includes a biweekly email with invitations to creek walks, family education events, river clean-ups, restoration workshops, and advocacy events to help restore our heritage of flowing rivers.