See a brief history of the St. David Cienega, a remnant of the San Pedro River of the past, including its recent decline, and learn what the Community Watershed Alliance plans to do to preserve and restore it in an informative video.
CWA seeks partners, volunteers and donors. The most immediate need is for donations to help fund a restoration expert to consult on a comprehensive restoration plan. You can donate on the CWA website page about the cienega at:
The Donate button is located on the right side of the page.
A Sierra Vista area State Senator has introduced legislation that would circumvent current law by easing requirements that new developments must show the availability of a 100 year supply of water. This will clear the way for approval of developments, e.g., the massive development proposed along the San Pedro River south of Benson. It is hard not to view this as a death sentence for our river and the rural character of our area.
Arizona Audubon is organizing comments on the proposed legislation. In this post, they explain how you can go about registering comments on this issue with our State legislators.
Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) officials did not properly consider the rights of the Bureau of Land Management, namely the federal reserve water right for the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) created by an Act of Congress in 1988, when it gave the go-ahead for a 7,000-home development in Sierra Vista, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
See the article on the appellate ruling (by Howard Fisher of Capitol Media Services) published by the Sierra Vista Herald for further information.
Proposed Vigneto Development Plan Must Address Sustainable Groundwater Use
El Dorado Benson LLC recently submitted the Final Community Master Plan for “The Villages at Vigneto” to Benson officials. One key area of concern is the prospect of large-scale groundwater withdrawals to supply water to the proposed development. We want to ensure that the developer is committed to measures like enhanced recharge of the aquifer and xeriscape landscaping. And we want to convince Benson officials that now is not the time to become complacent about our precious water resources.
Read the entire letter to the Benson Planning and Zoning Commission.
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.
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.
Requiem for the Santa Cruz: An Environmental History of an Arizona River was just presented in the Rachel Carson Room of the Main Interior Building, 1849 C St., NW, Washington, DC.
Many lessons for the San Pedro River….
Join us on Thursday, November 20, 7 PM for the FSPR Lecture: Springs of the Sky Islands. Learn about the nature of springs, their importance in our region, what threatens them, and how they can be protected in this lecture presented by Carianne Campbell, Landscape Restoraton Program Manager at Sky Islands Alliance. Springs are keystone ecosystems in the Sky Island Region, exert disproportionate influence on surrounding landscapes, and are known to be biodiversity hotspots. Hear about approaches to management of springs through adaptive planning, as well as recruiting, training and retaining volunteers involved in restoration efforts.
The lecture will take place at 4070 E Avenida Saracino in Hereford (the new BLM San Pedro Project Office on Highway 92 between Ramsey and Carr Canyon Roads). The lecture is free and open to the public.
On Thursday, September 18, mine water from Cananea, MX was reported to have spilled into the San Pedro River. Although the extent of contamination is not yet known, early unofficial reports indicate that sampling is not detecting significant contamination in the river north of the border. We have received no official guidance from county, state or federal authorities with regard to potentially contaminated water. Needless to say, common sense dictates while the situation is being assessed and confirmed, it is wise to avoid contact with river water until sampling and authoritative reports indicate that the water is safe to drink and use.
Below you’ll find a report by Weather Nation from Palominas and the Highway 92 bridge over the San Pedro River at flood stage last Thursday. This location is just 4 miles north of the border wall. Here’s the link to the video report: