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Stream Restoration

Field Guide to Riparian Restoration and Upland and Arroyo Erosion

For rural and natural lands owners, managers, and restoration practitioners

We live in a unique part of the world, one of the world’s most diverse and wet deserts. People settled in this region thousands of years ago because of one amazing thing –water in the desert! The water that attracted our predecessors in now mostly gone. The two reasons for that are over-pumping our groundwater and the degradation of our washes, creeks, wetlands and rivers.

Shallow Groundwater Primer

Shallow groundwater is found within 50 feet of the land surface—vital for supporting mesquites, willows, and other streamside plants.

Graphic: What is happening to shallow groundwater at Sabino and Tanque VerdeWhy does it matter?

Groundwater this shallow is only found in small pockets of the Tucson Basin and is important because it is the source for many of our creeks and rivers.

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