River

Hikers and their canine companions cross the Santa Cruz River along the Anza Trail near Tumacácori National Historical Park in April 2016.

The Sonoran Institute, a conservation nonprofit, is seeking input from Nogales residents about their use of the Santa Cruz River. 

The organization has created an online survey and interactive map, available in Spanish and English, where community members can help illustrate the specific features and characteristics of the river most important to protect. Their responses will also be used to identify improvements that could enhance the experience along the river. 

The survey will be open until June 30.

In a news release, the Sonoran Institute noted that approximately 80 percent of the river’s water is owned by Mexico and is treated at the Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant in Rio Rico and released into the Santa Cruz. “This arrangement began in the 1950s but is not assured indefinitely into the future,” the group said.

“The information from this survey as well as previous workshops will inform dialogue toward a binational solution that assures water remains in the Santa Cruz while improving quality of life for residents on both sides of the border,” said Luke Cole, associate director of the Sonoran Institute.

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