CELEBRATE ARIZONA WATER AT THE RIPARIAN PRESERVE AT WATER RANCH

In 1986, the Town of Gilbert began storing treated wastewater in a pond at Cooper and Elliot roads. It did not surprise town officials that the pond attracted birds, but they were surprised by how many people the birds attracted. Unprepared for birdwatchers, the town fenced the pond. The lesson… Read More

CELEBRATE ARIZONA WATER WITH US AT TRES RIOS WETLANDS

The Tres Rios Wetlands is a constructed wetland system located in southwest Phoenix that enhances the plant and wildlife that depend on the Salt and Gila Rivers. The water that supports the wetlands is reclaimed wastewater that has been treated to drinking water quality. The Wetlands consist of 480 acres… Read More

CELEBRATE AZ WATER: CONSERVATION ON THE AMAZING COLORADO RIVER

Video: Involving Young People in Colorado River Conservation This blog originally appeared on the Arizona Highways Web site on May 17, 2016. It is being reprinted with permission. An advocacy group hopes its new video, filmed on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, will help highlight the importance of… Read More

CELEBRATE ARIZONA WATER WITH US AT KNOLL LAKE

Knoll Lake, named for the small island in the middle of the lake, is located in the Blue Ridge Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest. This scenic lake is 108 miles east of Flagstaff and is an outdoor lover’s paradise. There are trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback… Read More

CELEBRATE AZ WATER WITH US AT PATAGONIA LAKE

H. Dunn shared this photo of one of Arizona’s hidden treasures! Click to view larger photo. It has been said that when you arrive at Patagonia Lake, you won’t believe you’re in Arizona. Located in Patagonia Lake State Park, the lake was created by the damming of Sonoita Creek, and… Read More

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HISTORY OF WATER IN THE VALLEY: BECOMING ONE OF THE FIRST FIVE

The story of water in the Salt River Valley began more than a thousand years ago, with a group of people we call the Hohokam. The Hohokam lived in the Valley from approximately A.D. 450 to 1450, and constructed a complex network of canals and laterals to support their agriculture…. Read More

CELEBRATE AZ WATER WITH US AT LAKE POWELL

Lake Powell began filling in 1963 after the completion of Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River by the federal Bureau of Reclamation. The 710-foot-high hydroelectric dam creates the second largest man-made lake, or reservoir, in the U.S. The lake stretches 186 miles along the Colorado River from Page, Arizona to… Read More

CELEBRATE AZ WATER WITH US ON THE SALT RIVER

The Salt River originates from the confluence of two tributaries (White and Black Rivers) in part of what is known as Arizona’s high country. The river flows about 100 miles through the middle of the state from east to west. The tributaries are created by a network of smaller headwater springs… Read More

CELEBRATE AZ WATER WITH US AT TONTO CREEK

Tonto Creek flows along the northern edge of Tonto National Forest, just beneath the Mogollon Rim in central Arizona. It feeds Theodore Roosevelt Lake, and makes up one of many tributaries that flow into the Salt River. As the creek continues to flow south, forming narrow channels through rocky canyons,… Read More

CELEBRATE AZ WATER: WADING IN THE BLACK RIVER

The Black River is located within the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, which runs along the Mogollon Rim and the White Mountains in east-central Arizona. It flows southwest through the White Mountains and forms the border between the Fort Apache Indian Reservation to the north, and the San Carlos Indian Reservation to… Read More

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