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The Altar Valley Conservation Alliance invites you to attend a field evaluation workshop for the Elkhorn/Las Delicias Demonstration Project.  Click here for the attached invitation.  The workshop will be held on January 31, 2014 from 9:30 am t0 3 pm, at the project site. The project was installed in January 2012.  It showcased the planning, installation and monitoring of watershed restoration practices in arroyos and associated uplands over an approximately 1,500 acre project site.  A generous grant of $50,000 from Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold Mines Foundation provided the base for funding the project.  Match contributions and the donation of time and energy from partners brought the total invested in the project to over $200,000.

Happy New Year 2014!

Wishing all of you a wonderful start to 2014!

Click here for a recap of Alliance activities in 2014.

Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan

Click here to view a video put together by Doug Canfield with the US Fish and Wildlife Service about the creation of the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan in Pima County.

PR 262 Altar Valley Watershed Restoration

Pima County’s Bond Advisory Committee is working to narrow down a field of proposals for a future bond election, including one to heal the Altar Wash, also known as the Brawley Wash. The severe encroachment of the Altar Wash begin in the early 20th century. The floodplain area was a travel and trade route. A major flood occurred when the Aguirre Lake breached.

The Altar Wash is now 20 miles long, 20 feet deep and 1500 feet wide in places. During rain events, high velocity water and heavy sediment loads surge out of the valley instead of recharging aquifers and supporting the microhabitats on which the region’s native species depend. Head-cutting in uplands and the erosion of banks along the main wash work destructively in tandem to vacate hundreds of acres of viable habitat. For more about the wash and its impacts in the Altar Valley, click here.

The Alliance recently wrote a letter encouraging support for the bond project, which you can read here.

Pima County Bond Survey

Pima County’s Bond Advisory Committee is working to narrow down a field of proposals for a future bond election, including one to heal the Altar Wash, also known as the Brawley Wash. The severe encroachment of the Altar Wash begin in the early 20th century. The floodplain area was a travel and trade route. A major flood occurred when the Aguirre Lake breached.

The Altar Wash is now 20 miles long, 20 feet deep and 1500 feet wide in places. During rain events, high velocity water and heavy sediment loads surge out of the valley instead of recharging aquifers and supporting the microhabitats on which the region’s native species depend. Head-cutting in uplands and the erosion of banks along the main wash work destructively in tandem to vacate hundreds of acres of viable habitat. For more about the wash and its impacts in the Altar Valley, click here.

In the seven years since voters approved a Pima County held bond election , the Bond Advisory Committee asked the community to submit projects. More requests came in than Pima County can fund in a future bond election and narrowing down the list for a future election will be extremely difficult. To let the Bond Advisory Committee know that the Altar Wash is an important proposal, take their survey. The “Altar Valley Watershed Restoration Project” appears on the second page and is the Altar Wash proposal.

Make your voice heard about the Sierrita Lateral Project!

A comment period closes on April 15, 2013.  (More info & ideas on what to say: click here.)  However, the docket is always open, so feel free to share your comments with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) at any time.  If you’d like to learn more about the project, go to www.altarvalleyaction.com.

Save the Date! Annual Community Meeting: May 20, 2013

AVCA’s annual Community Meeting will be held on May 20, 2013 at the King’s Anvil Ranch.  More info here.

Save the date: Spring Fire Meeting on March 22, 2013

AVCA will be hosting our Spring Fire Meeting on March 22, 2013.  More info here.

Kicking off 2013 in the Altar Valley

Fire, Pima County’s Multi-Species Conservation Plan and the launch of AVCA’s Watershed Charter process are how we’re kicking off 2013. Learn more here.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from the Altar Valley Conservation Alliance!

Click here for the New Year’s edition of the Rainmaker e-news, which contains a recap of what the Alliance accomplished in 2012.

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