Final days of Arizona's final free-flowing river

Arizona Republic
by E. J. Montini

Robin Silver is in the business of saving lives, which, as legacies go, is better than most. But it isn't enough. Not for him. He also wants to save the planet, or at least one or two of its most beautiful spots, which happen to exist here in Arizona. So when he isn't working as a physician, Silver heads up the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity. I first spoke to him last July about a catastrophic event in our state that none of us noticed, and which we wouldn't have cared about even if we had. For the first time in 75 years, stream flow in southern Arizona's San Pedro River had shrunk to zero. The 140-mile river flows north from Mexico into Arizona, passing east of Tucson and meandering to Sierra Vista. It's the last free-flowing river in the Southwest and has been a source of life in the desert for thousands of years...

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