La Ciénega de Santa Clara

 

The Ciénega de Santa Clara (Ciénega) is a 6,000-hectares wetland in Sonora, Mexico. It is the largest wetland in the Colorado River Delta and provides critical habitat for several wildlife species, particularly for several endangered or threatened bird and fish species. It is maintained mainly by agricultural runoff from th e Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District in Arizona. In 2009, Mexico and the United States agreed to develop a monitoring plan to provide guidelines for implementing a comprehensive monitoring program for the Ciéneg a http://www2.ine.gob.mx/publicaciones/consultaPublicacion.html?id_pub=611 .

This comprehensive monitoring program seeks to:

  • Establish an early warning system that allows for the identification of conditions or problems that need attention before significant damage is caused to the Ciénega.
  • Report on a regular basis, annually or biannually, about the health of the Ciénega.
  • Guide and evaluate active, adaptive management of the Ciénega to maintain its ecological and socioeconomic value in the long-term.

The implementation of some elements of this program began in September 2009 through a collaborative effort among the University of Arizona, the Sonoran Institu te (Tucson, AZ), Pronatura Noroeste (San Luis, R.C., Sonora), the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, and Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarroll o (CIAD, Guaymas, Sonora). Funding comes from the Central Arizona Project, Southern Nevada Water Authority and Metropolitan Water of Southern California, with add itional funding from Mexico’s National Institute of Ecology (INE) and Mexico’s National Commission for Natural Protected Areas (CONANP).

In this phase we will monitor water inflows, water levels, water quality, marsh birds, vegetation and land cover, and micro-meteorology, conduct bathymetric an d topographic surveys, and establish a web-based system for data validation and sharing.

In the files bellow you can download the copmplete report that concludes this Monitoring Program of the Cienega de Santa Clara:

Complete Low Resolution- Final Report Monitoring Program for the Cienega de Santa Clara June 2012 (6MB).pdf

Complete High Definition- Final Report Monitoring Program for the Cienega de Santa Clara June 2012 (19MB).pdf

CAP interviews Karl Flessa on the Cienega de Santa Clara

CAP interviews Karl Flessa on the Cienega de Santa Clara _ subtitulada en Espanol

For questions about the program, please contact Dr. Karl Flessa

For questions about the website and data availability please contact Dr. Francisco Zamora