Watersheds SCCo is a map of Detailed and Limited Watersheds in Santa Cruz Co. It is a Conversion and Map Modernization Project by Stantec Consulting, Inc. requested by the county to improve flood prediction and planning.  Allow a few seconds to load, click in the left column to select view and adjust the magnification to your needs.

Rapid Riparian Assessment Protocol for Streams of the Southwest – Developed by Dr.Peter B. Stacey, UNM.

Santa Cruz Co., Arizona – Sonoita Creek is located in Santa Cruz Co., Arizona.  The county’s web site provides information for residents, land owners, builders and visitors and includes flood risk maps, a Riparian Habit brochure, geographic data, and related links.  (There is also a Santa Cruz County, CA)

Surf The Upper Santa Cruz Watershed – Use this tool from the EPA to better understand the water that comes into and flows out of your watershed.

Groundwater Conditions Interactive Map – Find out what’s flowing beneath you, map compiled by USGS.

US Environmental Protection Agency – data, references and many useful links go to information on watersheds, water quality, maps, scientific papers, and technology.

The Clean Water Act– history and coverage

Precipitation reported by amateur weather watchers to the University of Arizona.  Request data for Santa Cruz County to see results for the Sonoita Creek watershed.

Sonoita Creek-Arizona Heritage Waters – hydrology, biology and human history, NAU

Sonoita Creek Hydrogeologic Study – This is a summary of the study and a few of its maps.  We have the complete study, which is too large for the website.

Articles & Reports

SE AZ’s Birding Economy” article from Paul Green, Tucson Audubon reports on a study that found a billion dollar industry from ecotourism rests upon the biological diversity of the Sonoita Creek Watershed & surrounding area.

Hermosa Mine Proposal Potential Impacts on Patagonia Water Supply: report compiled by Earthworks with assistance from Patagonia Area Resource Alliance.

“An Update on Patagonia’s Water Strategies.” By Lynn Davidson, Patagonia Regional Times, 4/2015.

Sierra Club director shares thoughts on public land policy.

Report Says Mining Threatens Patagonia Drinking Water,” article by Tony Davis, AZ Daily Star.