The Aravaipa Watershed Conservation Alliance GIS Hub https://aravaipa-watershed-conservation-alliance-uagis.hub.arcgis.com/ is now active! The AWCA hub provides a central collection point for data that complements the Cooperative Watershed Management Plan and provides a variety of visualization options to help improve understanding of our watershed. The hub will be revised when new data or visualization tools become available, so check back frequently for updates. We want this to be an effective tool for our stakeholders, so let us know if you have any other maps or data you would like to see included. We hope you enjoy using this tool and look forward to your feedback.
Also, here is the link to the Conservation Watershed Management Plan, a living document of the current state and future restoration work in the watershed:
"A watershed is the land area for which all surface water drains to a defined point on a stream or river. Watersheds are a common planning unit for land, water, and natural resource management. Surface water flow is a critical input to many natural resources and ecosystems. Therefore, defining a planning boundary as the land area of interconnected water drainages enables easy consideration of the geological, biological, and hydrological processes that drive surface and ground water availability in a region. Further, watershed-based planning facilitates effective community engagement by encouraging participation by local community members with the many agencies with overlapping geographic and/or technical jurisdictions within a watershed."
Our goal is to use the restoration and conservation of native plants as well as implementation of natural erosion controls to stabilize the Aravaipa watershed. Working as a diverse group of stakeholders we can bring more projects to a greater area that will benefit wildlife, sustainable agriculture, native fish, hiking, recreational opportunities and most of all, more water and better water quality for Arizona.
The goal of the Aravaipa Watershed Conservation Alliance is to preserve and
sustain the Aravaipa Valley’s natural landscapes by means of watershed and
rangeland restoration. The AWCA will create a renewed environment that
supports wildlife, grassroots community education, and a holistic agricultural
environment, all while limiting fragmented lands to promote a complete and
functioning landscape for current and future generations.
The boundary of the watershed is 320,684 acres, but the working area extends that acreage to 381,272 acres. The upper watershed is vital to the health of the perennial waters downstream and the quality of waters that reach the rivers beyond. Our goal is to keep the quality and quantity of waters flowing, Waters of Aravaipa are a source of water for many people living in Arizona.
The AWCA is working to create both a management plan and implementation plan that connects partners so we can work on the landscape as a whole, possibly even increase the working landscape. We would like to involve everyone that benefits from the scope of work, which includes local stakeholders, agencies, tribal partners, recreationalist and the many businesses below us that need to actively demonstrate a commitment to better water conservation now and in the future.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.