Pima County Regional Flood Control District Monthly Brown Bag Series
The River Run Network — Connecting Landowners to Riparian Restoration Goals & Stewardship Actions
Speaker: Catlow Shipek, Policy and Technical Director, Watershed Management Group
Date / Time: Wednesday, August 9, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Place: 9th Floor Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone, Tucson AZ, 85701
The River Run Network connects landowners and institutions across the Tucson basin with the goal of restoring Tucson’s heritage of flowing creeks and rivers. The Network is a platform to share restoration targets, establish priority actions, and communicate progress towards restoration goals. Our initial priority streamshed restoration areas include Lower Sabino, Agua Caliente, and Tanque Verde Creeks which are in designated shallow groundwater areas. These areas can recover rapidly with reduced pumping from nearby wells and stormwater recharge.
Each streamshed has an online-based stewardship plan and provides a flow budget analysis to assist in setting meaningful conservation and stormwater recharge augmentation targets. These flow budgets are updated on an annual basis and provide a communication tool to inform sustainable use of groundwater that maintains secure groundwater resources and creek flow for riparian and aquatic system health. Lastly, a Flow365 Citizen Science Monitoring program has been initiated to track progress towards groundwater connected seasonal and annual surface flows. To learn more about WMG’s River Run Network, visit watershedmg.org/RRN.