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Report says Arizona's Santa Cruz River is endangered. That encouraged this expert

Santa Cruz River
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The Santa Cruz River near its head waters in the San Rafael Valley.

The group American Rivers is out with its 2024 list of the country’s most endangered rivers. The rivers of New Mexico top the list, followed by those in Mississippi and Tennessee.

But fourth on the list is Arizona’s Santa Cruz River. The main threat, according to the report: water scarcity.

Luke Cole, director of the Santa Cruz River Program at the Sonoran Institute, said he was pleased to see the river on the list. He spoke more about it with The Show.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.
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