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e-News from Friends of Sonoita Creek
Keep it Flowing
June 6, 2019

Join us for a Bird Walk on June 15.  Details on poster.

May 25th Walk at the TNC Preserve

RSRA continues training and survey work

On June 1, a group of citizen scientists met at the TNC preserve to continue their Rapid Stream Riparian Assessment training and to survey a 1 km reach of Sonoita Creek in the Preserve, an area from which data was collected on April 4, 2016.  Participants were Doug Becker, Dave Christiana, John Hughes, Kathy Hughes, Kathy Preserve and Kathy West.  They will finish their survey and work on June 8th. Thanks to Kathy Pasierb for reformatting the worksheets and to Kathy West for the cookies.
If you have been trained in RSRA and would like to come Saturday, email John at

"We are IN the creek, but the vegetation was abundant.  We could not see one foot in front of the other."

We Live Here... Along the Santa Cruz River, an initial meeting

We Live Here ...Along the Santa Cruz River, an initial outreach effort by the Community Water Coalition of Southern Arizona (CWC-SOAZ) was a luncheon on May 18 in Tubac. The purpose was to meet the other organizations that are focused on Waterways and begin to work together toward common goals. FOSC was represented at the meeting by Rita Bradley, Kathy Pasierb, Robert Proctor and Howard Buchanan.

During the discussion about priority issues, Friends of the Santa Cruz River identified the Nogales Wash sewer and flooding problem, heavy metals and other pollutants present in the Santa Cruz River and threats to the river’s base flows as priorities.  Congressional action is needed to address the failing sewer pipe in the Santa Cruz River because the pipe crosses the international border and the majority of sewer flows originate in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
The Lowe House Project reported on the upcoming Smithsonian Institution’s traveling WaterWays exhibit scheduled for Tubac Presidio State Park.  A village-wide celebration, We Live Here…Along the Santa Cruz River, will take place on November 9, 2019, in conjunction with the Smithsonian exhibit.

The Community Water Coalition reported on creating successful riparian areas using reclaimed water, in the Tucson area of the Santa Cruz river and their efforts with the City of Tucson to support water recycling.

We realized how our projects are all connected and the need to work more intentionally together to be more effective.

Friends of Sonoita Creek's booth at the festival celebrating Rio Rico's  50th Anniversary

Thanks to Robert Proctor, our Booth Boss and keeper, and to Kathy Pasierb and Rita Bradley for continuing to upgrade the appearance and content of our booth for festivals and fairs.  Thanks, too, to Robert, Joe Watkins, and Jim and Sally Lockwood for staffing the booth throughout the day, which was May 18th. We talked with attendees about Friends and Sonoita Creek, helped children understand what the water model demonstrates and gained new contacts for our email list and new members.

Earth Day, April 20, gave FOSC an opportunity to share ideas

Robert Proctor and Greg Scott talk about the popular water model to a little child. 
The model demonstrates that pollution anywhere in the area will always get into the water supply.  Other members that helped set up and staff the booth throughout the day were Dave Ellis, Murphy Musik, German Quiroga, Rita Bradley, Gregg Scott, Joe Watkins, Barbara Casimir, Mary Strohm, Andy Gould and Booth Boss Robert Proctor.
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