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Solving Flooding Challenges with Green Stormwater Infrastructure in the Airport Wash Area

This report shows the results of an extensive study for the City of Tucson Ward 1 office in collaboration with the Pima County Regional Flood Control District to mitigate flooding with Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) or rain gardens. This report contains:

A summary of GSI opportunity identification
Flood mitigation modeling results
Green and grey infrastructure analysis
Cost benefit analysis
Priority project identification
Management and policy implications

Taking the lead to secure water for the Santa Cruz River

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.


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