Friends of the Santa Cruz River

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February 20, 2014
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
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The Santa Cruz River

The Santa Cruz River

An International Affair

The Santa Cruz River is truly a bi-national river. FOSCR fosters cross-border cooperation on river protection and water management within the Santa Cruz River Basin.
Watch an Arizona Illustrated segment about the Santa Cruz River and an interview with co-founder, Sherry Sass.
An Oasis in an Arid Land

Tall, shady forests and running water are an irresistible combination to residents and tourists alike.  Hiking, riding, bird watching, wading, and picnicking are some popular activities on the historic Anza Trail and in Santa Cruz County's Calabasas Park, both of which adjoin the river. The Santa Cruz River forms a rich green spine that makes our county especially scenic and desirable as a place to live or visit.
Wildlife, Past and Present

Not only humans rely on the river.  Over three-quarters of all Arizona wildlife depend on riparian (riverside) habitat.  But in the 20th century alone we lost the vast majority of our rivers and streams.  The Santa Cruz once sheltered wild turkey, beaver, and even grizzly bears.  Although they are now gone, a tremendous variety of species still call the river home, or use it as a migration corridor. Threatened and endangered species like the Rose-throated becard, Gray hawk, and Yellow-bellied cuckoo nest along the river. The Santa Cruz and its tributaries support over 22 threatened or endangered species.  And the cottonwood-willow gallery forest, which supports many of these species, is itself our most endangered forest community.
Real-Time Streamflow Data

Real-time streamflow data for the Santa Cruz River can be viewed by clicking on each location: Lochiel, Nogales, Tubac, and Nogales Wash at Nogales.  View the Pima County Regional Flood Control District stream guage at the Tubac Bridge here 


For Other Information...

To learn more about the entire reach of the Santa Cruz River, visit The Learning Center of the American Southwest's Santa Cruz River webpage.