River Roundup newsletter
The River_Roundup_Spring_2014 edition and Calendar of Events is out!
This edition includes articles about the President’s Award to Chris Long, in memory of volunteers who recently passed away, Clovis people, not to mention our recent film festival, the festival of arts, and Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month Expo and history walks in March.
Today is one of the biggest events Arizona has ever seen and FSPR gets to be part of it. This isn’t just any event! With YOUR help, we can advocate for protection of the San Pedro River and promote good stewardship!
We need you to help us with these three things:
With your assistance on Arizona Gives Day, we hope to raise more than $2,000 towards a wetlands restoration project! Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/fspraz) so you can join in on this exciting day of giving!
With your support, we can advocate for river protection, provide the equivalent of over $200,000 worth of volunteer labor annually for interpretive educational and recreational events, and engage BLM and community leaders in support of good stewardship for the SPRNCA and the river.
Thank you for your support of the San Pedro River and the Friends!
On stage at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival
The Friends of the San Pedro River will host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on March 13 and 14 at the Central School Project in Bisbee from 6 PM to 9 PM, plus a Friday afternoon Kids Program at 1 PM on March 14. Tickets are only $5 (kids under 16 enter for free when accompanied by an adult) and will be available at the door the day of the event. Bring your friends and introduce them to FSPR. Mark your calendars and plan to join us
Ron has surpassed 300 species!! #300 was Common Merganser and #301 was Common Goldeneye. Track Ron Beck’s “Bicycle Big Year” and help support the work of the Friends of the San Pedro River at the same time! Pledge whatever amount per species that you can and follow Ron’s progress on our Facebook page as he surpasses 300 bird species in Cochise County in 2013! YOU can help us reach the $15K match from the Conservation Lands Foundation. Thanks to those of you who have already contributed!!
The video “Our River: A Work in Progress” is available on the Friends’ Channel on YouTube.
Watch a time-lapse video of the river during the monsoon.
With funding from the Cochise Community Foundation and a BLM “Hands on the Land” grant, Mike Foster and the Education Committee have completed the video Cottonwoods: the Largest Trees in Arizona.
Check out our newest videos about the San Pedro River and NCA, one of our National Conservation Lands:
Supported by grants from the Cochise Community Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation. Thanks!
Hear about the controversy over ADWR issuing a certificate of water adequacy for Pueblo del Sol Water Company to supply water to the proposed Tribute housing development. Watch the interviews that aired recently on KVOA Tucson.
Read the FSPR Letter to the Editor in response to the City of Sierra Vista’s Plan for Prosperity which labels the San Pedro River a threat:
To the Editor of the SV Herald,
I would like to take this opportunity to applaud the Sierra Vista Herald for its series of articles on FINDING BALANCE. These articles are very timely given the local interest in issues of population growth and protection of our natural resources, not to mention the inescapable tension between achieving both. I found the part I article “FINDING BALANCE: Reaching zero deficit is the first goal” very informative and balanced. The public needs to be aware of the controversy over the Arizona Dept of Water Resources (ADWR) issuing a certificate of water adequacy for Pueblo del Sol Water Company to supply water to the proposed Tribute development. Given the existing, decades-long overdraft of the aquifer, compounded by the continuing annual deficit from current groundwater pumping, the future of the San Pedro River is far from certain. There are many water conservation measures and mitigation projects in the works, but some of these will take years to implement. And even after they are implemented, it is not certain that they will achieve the desired zero deficit… particularly if large-scale housing development takes off again.
The Sierra Vista Herald has provided a fine example of balance. Hopefully, our civic leaders will find the same balance to achieve a sustainable future for our community. Sadly, their plan for prosperity considers the San Pedro River a threat even while claiming tourism is an opportunity. Yet tourism involving the great outdoors including the canyons of our sky islands and the river is one of this area’s greatest assets, one that receives national and even global recognition. With awareness of the value that the river represents, including its economic value through ecotourism, we hope that citizens in our community will rally around the opportunity that the City of Sierra Vista has to be THE “Gateway City” to the natural, historic, and cultural treasures of Cochise County.
Executive Director, Friends of the San Pedro River