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Looking down into a beaver lodge.
What is the Binational Beaver Survey? This November and December, WMG launched its first-ever Binational Beaver Survey - an on-the-ground effort to assess how many beavers are living along the San Pedro River and some of its main tributaries on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. This data will provide information needed to support healthy beaver populations along the San Pedro long-term so that beavers can encourage healthy ecosystems by slowing down river flow, sinking groundwater,...
Watershed Management Group, through the River Run Network Program, is excited to tackle the removal of an invasive species, Arundo donax (giant reed), from along Tanque Verde Creek in east Tucson. We are thankful for funding support from the Arizona State Department of Forestry and Fire Management through their Invasive Plant Removal program and also supportive landowners along the Tanque Verde Creek with whom we are coordinating removal efforts. Arundo is classified as a noxious weed...
Watershed Management Group, through the River Run Network Program, is excited to tackle the removal of an invasive species, Arundo donax (giant reed), from along Tanque Verde Creek in east Tucson. We are thankful for funding support from the Arizona State Department of Forestry and Fire Management through their Invasive Plant Removal program and also supportive landowners along the Tanque Verde Creek with whom we are coordinating removal efforts. Arundo is classified as a noxious weed...
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River Run Network Restoration Workshop: Horseshoe Bosque Round Two!Saturday, November 20th @ 8a.m. - 12p.m.RegisterAfter a very wet monsoon season, we are continuing to make adjustments to restoration work done in Cienega Creek. Join James Lauder, WMG Project Manager (left) for a second restoration workshop in the Horeshoe Bosque. You’ll be helping to modify existing structures to enhance restoration of the creek and riparian areas. The Horseshoe Bosque area is along Cienega Creek in...
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Historically, beavers played a key role in maintaining watershed health for the Santa Cruz and San Pedro Rivers before they were wiped out by fur trappers in the 1800’s. The beaver population made an initial comeback due to relocation efforts in 1999, and with education, community science, and advocacy, we can bring the beavers back and grow their impact to reach the River Run Network's 50-year vision of restoring southern Arizona’s creeks and rivers on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico...
On October 9th, community members joined River Run Network program manager, Lauren Monheim, for a creek walk along the Santa Cruz River in Marana! The spot that we visited has been flowing perennially for many years now with the release of effluent flow from the Tres Rios Water Treatment Plant. During our walk, we had the opportunity to see plenty of insect species that can typically be found in areas with flow, as well as evidence of animals that had been through the area recently....
On October 16th, members of the River Run Network joined WMG staff for a restoration workshop in the beautiful Ciénega Creek in the Horseshoe Bosque near Vail! With the guidance of Catlow Shipek, WMG's Policy & Technical Director, and James Lauder, Project Manager,  we were able to identify areas of the wash where WMG had previously done "beavering" work, our word for building dams from natural materials to slow water flow. We spent the morning repairing these dams to hold up...
River Run Network Restoration Workshop: Pantano JungleSaturday, November 6th @ 8a.m. - 12p.m.RegisterAfter a very wet monsoon with lots of flow, it’s time to go back to our restoration projects in the Cienega Creek area and make adjustments. Join Catlow Shipek, WMG's Policy & Technical Director, and Charlie Alcorn, Program Manager and Educator, to assess how erosion control features at the Pantano Jungle restoration site fared through the 3rd wettest monsoon on record! Pantano...
On August 26, we had a thought-provoking and grounding River Run Network event where we learned about the perspectives and ancestral knowledge of rivers from two local leaders: Josefina Cardenas of Barrio Kroeger Lane, and David Tenario of the San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation. Josefina got us started by speaking about the spiritual significance of the Santa Cruz River as well as our washes and creeks, including the tradition of Dia de San Juan — a yearly celebration of...
August 1st, 2021 This summer, our Flow365 volunteers captured data showing by far the most river and creek flows we’ve ever recorded since starting this monitoring effort in 2016. The Rillito River has flowed for 67 days and counting this monsoon season, thanks to strong contributing flows from both the Tanque Verde Creek and the Pantano River! That’s a lot more flow than we’ve ever recorded and a stark contrast to data from July in both 2019 and 2020, when we recorded just one day of...

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