Trash along the Santa Cruz River

Community Clean-Up January 27th

Trash along the Santa Cruz River

Community Clean-up of a Big River-borne Trash Pile
Sponsored by Friends of the Santa Cruz River

WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 9 AM to 12:30 PM

WHERE: Behind the Tumacacori Mesquite Sawmill in Carmen, between Tubac and Tumacacori, #2007 East Frontage Road

DETAILS: wear long pants, sturdy shoes, gloves, hat. Bring a reusable water bottle please!Warning: uneven terrain and other possible hazards! Not suitable for small children. We will supply refill water, trash bags, gloves, “grabbers” and other equipment, snacks, safety training and coordination.

PARTNERS: Anza Trail Coalition, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Santa Cruz County, Tumacacori Mesquite Sawmill, and many caring individuals.

PARKING: You will be directed at the Mesquite Sawmill gates

CONTACT: Email us at foscriver @ if you plan to help out; please provide cell phone number too if you have one OR you can RSVP at our Facebook event page.

Call Your Congressmen: Pass The “Nogales Wastewater Fairness Act”!

A necessary first step in reaching a comprehensive solution to our ongoing border sewage/flood problems is to establish Federal responsibility for the IOI (“International Outfall Interceptor”), which runs for 9 miles from the Mexican border to the Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant in Rio Rico.

Right now (November 2017), our Senators and Congressmen have introduced bills in both Houses to do exactly this. However, both bills have been languishing in committees since March.

in the Senate: S. 551: “Nogales Wastewater Fairness Act”

  • Senator John McCain (who sponsored this bill): 520-670-6334
  • Senator Jeff Flake: 520-575-8633
  • Senator Bob Corker (Chair of Committee on Foreign Relations, where bill currently sits): 202-224-3344

in the House of Representatives: H. R. 1410: “Nogales Wastewater Fairness Act”

  • Congresswoman Martha McSally (who sponsored this bill): 520-881-3588
  • Congressman Raul Grijalva (co-sponsor): 520-622-6788
  • Congressman Garret Graves (Chair of Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, where bill currently sits): 202-225-3901

Please call these public servants and urge them to move these bills!

Just call (much more influential than an email or letter), you can leave a message. Here are some things you could say:

  • I am very concerned about protecting my drinking water and public health here at the AZ/Mexico border.
  • I am a constituent (if you are).
  • We need federal attention to our border sewage and flood problems before we have another international sewage disaster.
  • Please get the Nogales Wastewater Fairness Act out of committee so it can be passed!
  • Thank you for your action on this important issue (and Friends of the Santa Cruz River thanks you!)

“Flirting With Disaster”: How You Can Help!

We need to call for action!

Tell these contacts that you want to see the International Outfall Interceptor (IOI) fixed—and soon! Feel free to use the “Talking Points” below in your communications.

Senator John McCain: (you can copy/paste points below onto this online form in “message” box)
Tucson office: (520) 670-6334

Senator Jeff Flake:
(also an online form where you can copy/paste points below)
Tucson office: (520) 575-8633

Congressman Raul Grijalva:
Tucson office: (520) 622-6788

City of Nogales Mayor Doyle:
Office: (520) 285-5602

International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC)
Public affairs office: Lori Kuczmanski (915) 832-4106


Talking Points

  • Binational sewage pipe (“IOI”) through Ambos Nogales needs repair SOON.
  • If the IOI breaks, the whole population of Nogales, Arizona will be exposed to raw sewage and industrial waste since it is downstream of Nogales, Sonora and the IOI runs right through the city.
  • Plans are already in place for a partial fix (“cure-in-place pipe”); it only needs funding to proceed.
  • Nogales, AZ is a small, poor city that uses only a small part of the IOI; most of the sewage in the IOI is Mexican.
  • Nogales, Sonora has serious drainage problems that need IBWC intervention to fix so erosion damage to border infrastructure like the IOI is minimized.
  • The IBWC’s job is to protect our border environment, and Congress needs to fund it so it can do its job to protect Americans from real border threats.

Download a .pdf with all the details!

For more information, be sure to watch FOSCR’s video on this issue, “Flirting With Disaster.” You can also contact Friends of the Santa Cruz River at with any questions or updates.


Please let us know if you contact any of the above, and thank you!