Does Villages at Vigneto threaten the San Pedro River?

Does the proposed Villages at Vigneto development planned for Benson pose a threat to the San Pedro River? Is groundwater pumping for the planned 27,000+ homes sustainable? Or is this a repeat of unconstrained development like that of California?

Call on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to re-evaluate impacts of this huge, prospective city-sized development that threatens to adversely impact the San Pedro River, a Global Important Bird Area, migration corridor and biodiversity hot spot.  Learn more in the Arizona Daily Star article.

Latest edition of River Roundup

RiverRoundup_Winter_2015Current Issue of the River Roundup

Winter 2015 River Roundup Newsletter

In This Issue:

President’s Report… Annual Meeting… Volunteer Hour Awards… Beavers… Wildlife Corridor Research… Members-Only Trip Suggestions Sought… Program Coordinator Sought… RMP Status Report… Ramsey & Appleton-Whittell CBC Results… National Conservation Lands… Fairbank Day 2014… Historical Floods… Members… Calendar… Contacts

Report on geology of the San Pedro

Geology and Geomorphology of the San Pedro River

Geology and Geomorphology of the San Pedro River

A new Special Paper by the Arizona Geological Survey details the geology and geomorphology of the San Pedro River. The report’s 15 illustrations include annotated photographs, geologic maps and cross sections, and comparative photographs that evince changes in river channel morphology over the past years and decades.

The perennial San Pedro flows over one-hundred miles north-northwest from the US-Mexico frontier to its confluence with the Gila River near Winkelman, Arizona. Babocomari River and Aravaipa Creek are its two major tributaries. The San Pedro drains an area of about 4,720 sq. miles – nearly the size of Connecticut. During the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the San Pedro River downcut dramatically, leaving the former floodplain 5 to 30 feet above the modern channel.

Deadline approaching for comments on SPRNCA RMP alternatives

Help Ensure Good Stewardship in the SPRNCA RMP

Send Comments to BLM by Wednesday, June 10

The deadline for public comments on the Resource Management Plan alternatives is fast approaching. If you care about good stewardship of the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, please take the time to send your comments to the Bureau of Land Management.

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BLM to Host Resource Management Plan Meeting on May 19th

The BLM will host a public meeting from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on May 19th at their Sierra Vista office, 4070 S Avenida Saracino, Hereford AZ.  The public is invited to hear and comment on the four alternatives that have been identified for consideration in the updated San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) Resource Management Plan (RMP) that is under development.  For more information, contact the BLM Public Affairs Specialist, Adam Milnor, at (520) 258-7223.

The Friends of the San Pedro River urge you to attend to voice your support for continued preservation of our precious riparian area with its rich wildlife habitat and unique cultural resources.

Program Coordinator job with FSPR

The Friends of the San Pedro River are recruiting for the new position of Program Coordinator (see job description).  The person hired will perform a variety of duties:  administrative support to the officers of the organization; represent the Friends in meetings with other private organizations or government agencies; and, prepare and deliver youth education programs.  This position has been funded for a year and may be renewed depending upon resources available.  Details concerning the position are to be found in the job description below.  Interested parties should contact the Friends of the San Pedro at (520) 459-2555 or send a resume to fspr@sanpedroriver.org.  The closing date for resume submissions is 15 April 2015.