Cochise Conservation & Recharge Network

Cochise County is a key partner in the Cochise Conservation and Recharge Network (CCRN) along with the Cities of Sierra Vista and Bisbee, The Nature Conservancy, Fort Huachuca and the Hereford Natural Resource Conservation District. CCRN is an innovative series of projects capable of increasing flows in the upper San Pedro River, conserving groundwater and improving the health of riparian habitat. The regional network of projects encompasses 6,344 acres of land along approximately 25 miles of the river where replenishment can most benefit the flows of the river.

Completed CCRN Projects

Future Stormwater & Effluent Recharge Projects


CCRN projects have led to approximately 3,000 acre-feet per year of groundwater savings, meaning that they have reduced historic pumping or prevented future pumping by that amount. Rigorous monitoring of all the facilities using a variety of technology and methods is an important part of understanding the impact of the CCRN's recharge efforts. This also includes the measurement of baseline conditions in future project areas that have not yet been constructed. The results of monitoring are reported on an annual basis.

To see the results from the 2019 monitoring year (published July 1, 2020): Full Report (PDF) or for a summary, Highlights from the 2019 Hydrologic Monitoring Program (PDF).

The County continues to play an important role in the planning, design, construction, and monitoring of all projects in the network.

Palominas Water Recharge Project

Horseshoe Draw Flood, Erosion Control & Recharge Project