Friends of Sonoita Creek teams with town of Patagonia on Water Quality talk August 14

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Keep it Flowing
July 25, 2019

Friends of Sonoita Creek will host a presention of the Roadmap for Water Quality project

Join the discussion led by Bill O'Brien about water quality in the Sonoita Creek watershed, and in our drinking, recreational, and wildlife water supply. Water quality in Sonoita Creek's surface and groundwater is mostly invisible but can show up in short and long-term health effects.

Hear about the status of the Water Quality Roadmap Project, sponsored by the Town of Patagonia, when we'll look at what is clear from the published data, what gaps need to be plugged with new monitoring or research, and where to go from here!
Read more about this project

Be a part of the FOSC Outreach Team

FOSC will be working with Howard Buchanan of Tucson Audubon, Borderlands Restoration, and other organizations toward the creation of a Watershed Management Plan for Sonoita Creek.  Any members who could help with grant writing or collaboration, please be in touch with Rita Bradley.

A great example of a successful effort in this regard is the Cienega Watershed Partnership. This organization includes lots of citizen science and many organizations who collaborate together. To learn more here are some websites links:
Cienega Watershed Restoration & Management Plan
And the follow up (stage 2) plan includes a series of erosion control projects that will be funded by the Bureau of Reclamation and also ADEQ
Cienega Watershed Erosion Management & Restoration Plan


Science on the Sonoita Plain Symposium held in June

The 11th annual symposium, Science on the Sonoita Plain, was held in June at the Santa Cruz County fairgrounds. Our board members, John Hughes, Bob Proctor and Rita Bradley attended the all-day event. It was an inspiring day of presentations and discussion from a broad scope of organizations who are actively working to restore the Cienega Watershed, including federal, state and local government organizations, research and science organizations, and NGOs.
We heard about the work being done in flood control, conservation & sustainability, wet-dry mapping, rangeland management, cultural resources, native fish, brush management and woody encroachment, erosion control and drought monitoring.

In 2020 we hope to collaborate on the 12th annual symposium as Patagonia and Sonoita Creek are also part of the Sonoita Plain.

Dirtbags praised in article from Community  Watershed Coalition of Southern Arizona

From CWC-AZ newsletter
On a crisp Autumn morning, a jovial group of folks from the Patagonia - Sonoita area gathered their work gloves, sun hats, shovels and pick axes and headed out to one of the area's many hiking trails. Calling themselves the "Dirtbags," this outdoor loving, community-minded work crew meets Thursday mornings at 8am throughout the cool months for trail building, maintenance and restoration work.

Trails in the area link the Borderlands wildlife corridor, the Paton Hummingbird Center, Nature Conservancy's Patagonia - Sonoita Creek Preserve and Arizona State Parks - Patagonia Lake. and Sonoita Creek State Natural Area.

Thank you to Robert Proctor, board member for Friends of Sonoita Creek and one of the Patagonia "Dirtbags," for sharing these photos, and thanks to all the "Dirtbags" for your work on the trails.

Check out their website for information about many projects in southern Arizona  and to sign up for their newsletter.  They are actively reaching out south of Tucson to work with watershed groups.
Thank you to CWC-AZ for letting us reproduce their article.
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