As the old adage goes - ‘the more we know about the past, the better we’ll be prepared for the future’.
It was an honor and pleasure to hear a morning of recollections about water history in the Sonoita Creek Watershed with Patagonia's community members. We learned of the lush environment that sustained the Sonorasaurus thompsoni, a 49 ft long and 27 ft tall dinosaur that lived in our neighboring watershed in the middle of the Cretaceous period. We explored living memories with attendants who shared stories of bucolic picnics on the banks of the Sonoita Creek and wild west standoffs in the 1930s over blowing up the local bridge to prevent rising waters from flooding the town.
The Borderlands Institute, together with Friends of Sonoita Creek and the Flood and Flow Committee had the opportunity to introduce the science, models and planning processes which are being developed to better inform decision-making in our home watershed. Responses from the audience regarding which topics they view as important will direct future research of the institute, ensuring what we do is useful to the people who work, live and play in our beloved borderlands region.