The story of desert rivers has been a tragic one, with our springs, creeks, and rivers drying up – losing our ribbons of green, cool respites, and essential recreation and wildlife areas.
If we had a flowing river near Tucson, wouldn’t you want to make sure it stayed that way? We would! Tucson actually has a little-known gem like this. A 23-mile stretch of the Santa Cruz River as it runs north out of Tucson enjoys year-round flows supported by effluent, or treated wastewater. The water is cleaned and released into the river channel from two water treatment facilities near Roger and Ina Roads.