By Oliver Lysaght
More than 1,000 people live, work, and play in the Sonoita Creek Watershed, all with varying opinions, values and preferences regarding the environment around them. In order to better understand this social landscape and its relationship to its near environs, in May 2017 BRLI disseminated a survey to watershed residents eliciting information on a range of topics including: attitudes towards, and participation in, activities in the Sonoita Creek Watershed; values residents associate with the area; and preferences for watershed management.
This survey is one research venture of several currently being undertaken under the rubric of the Borderlands Restoration Leadership Institute’s ‘Patagonia’s Water Future’ project. Aquifer recharge modeling, stream-flow analysis and groundwater monitoring are also being undertaken concurrently. Its insights can help us better understand how ecological restoration and a restoration economy might support the ecological and economic values of residents in, and visitors to, the Sonoita Creek Watershed.
Preliminary results were presented on June 3rd at Science on the Sonoita Plains:
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