San Pedro River – through a geologist’s eyes

The San Pedro River at Fairbank

The San Pedro River at Fairbank

The San Pedro River is Arizona’s last undammed river. Joe Cook and his colleagues at the Arizona Geological Survey recently mapped the extent of Holocene channel and floodplain alluvium there. This 122-mile map story from the US-Mexico Frontier to Winkelman, Arizona, shows you the San Pedro River Valley as seen through the eyes of a geologist.

View the story map of the San Pedro River!

Your support matters – consider a year-end gift!

Thanks to those of you who renewed as members in 2014 or stepped up with a gift to support the Friends of the San Pedro River!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone.  Many gifts were bought for friends and family.  As the holidays approach, there is still a chance to give yourself a gift – the San Pedro River!

Please consider a year-end gift to the Friends of the San Pedro River.  

It’s easy.  Donate Online via PayPal or print the Remittance Form to send in your gift today of $50, $100, or whatever amount is right for you.  Also, look for our year-end fundraising appeal in your mail soon.

 

Members Hike to Charleston CANCELLED

The FSPR member-only hike to Charleston that was scheduled for October 18th is CANCELLED.
Richard Bauer, our ace historian and guide, checked out the area and found that the routes we normally use are impassible because of changes to the river and high water.  FSPR will reschedule for this winter when the River is lower and can be crossed without risk.

Ron Stewart
Operations Committee Chairperson/Cultural Docent

Remember FSPR on GivingTuesday!

Thanks to those of you who renewed as members in 2014 or stepped up with a gift to support the Friends of the San Pedro River!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone.  Many gifts were bought for friends and family.  Well, today is GivingTuesday!  This is a chance to give yourself a gift – the San Pedro River!

Just as we give thanks for many blessings on Thanksgiving, GivingTuesday is a day to support non-profit organizations which promote causes we all believe in.  Help us reach our GivingTuesday goal of $2,000!!

Please consider a year-end gift to the Friends of the San Pedro River.  

Please Donate Online via PayPal or print the Remittance Form to send in your gift today of $50, $100, or whatever amount is right for you.  Also, look for our year-end fundraising appeal in your mail soon.

FSPR Lecture: Springs of the Sky Islands

SIA_SpringsTalkJoin us on Thursday, November 20, 7 PM for the FSPR Lecture: Springs of the Sky Islands. Learn about the nature of springs, their importance in our region, what threatens them, and how they can be protected in this lecture presented by Carianne Campbell, Landscape Restoraton Program Manager at Sky Islands Alliance. Springs are keystone ecosystems in the Sky Island Region, exert disproportionate influence on surrounding landscapes, and are known to be biodiversity hotspots.  Hear about approaches to management of springs through adaptive planning, as well as recruiting, training and retaining volunteers involved in restoration efforts.

The lecture will take place at 4070 E Avenida Saracino in Hereford (the new BLM San Pedro Project Office on Highway 92 between Ramsey and Carr Canyon Roads). The lecture is free and open to the public.

Significant contamination not yet detected

On Thursday, September 18, mine water from Cananea, MX was reported to have spilled into the San Pedro River. Although the extent of contamination is not yet known, early unofficial reports indicate that sampling is not detecting significant contamination in the river north of the border.  We have received no official guidance from county, state or federal authorities with regard to potentially contaminated water. Needless to say, common sense dictates while the situation is being assessed and confirmed, it is wise to avoid contact with river water until sampling and authoritative reports indicate that the water is safe to drink and use.

Below you’ll find a report by Weather Nation from Palominas and the Highway 92 bridge over the San Pedro River at flood stage last Thursday. This location is just 4 miles north of the border wall. Here’s the link to the video report:

https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=10152773987604874

Spring River Roundup Newsletter is out!

River Roundup newsletter

River Roundup newsletter

The River_Roundup_Spring_2014 edition and Calendar of Events is out! 

This edition includes articles about the President’s Award to Chris Long, in memory of volunteers who recently passed away, Clovis people, not to mention our recent film festival, the festival of arts, and Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month Expo and history walks in March.

In Memory of Lester Mauk

Lester Mauk volunteering for FSPR

Lester Mauk volunteering for FSPR

Lester Mauk passed away at age 86 on Thursday, June 5th, 2014.  Lester was a founding member of the Friends of the San Pedro River way back in 1987. He was committed to the conservation of the river, especially the portion that eventually became the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.  With over 4000 hours of volunteer time at the Friends, he could be found at the San Pedro House most days with tools in hand clearing the trails, chatting with visitors, or manning the onsite book store.  Learn more at the link below.

Lester Mauk Jun 5 2014