US/AZ History Trip to CAP Recharge Basins

Students in the US/AZ History class were granted a tour of the Lower Santa Cruz CAP recharge basin near Marana, where they saw firsthand how the history of water use in Arizona has shaped the way in which our current society maintains its existence by engineering the Colorado River, lifting it uphill 300 miles away from its source to replenish the depleted aquifers in Phoenix and Tucson. The tour was a vivid reminder of the fragility of survival in the desert environment, and really brought home the lessons about water use (or misuse) over time by indigenous civilizations, Mexican and anglo settlers, and our modern society.