News and Recent Publications


Join us for an Agave Afternoon on Friday, January 18, 2019 at the Cascabel Community Center. Wendy Hodgson and Andrew Salywon, Research Botanists at the Desert Botanical Garden, will visit for a noon potluck lunch followed by a 1 p.m. talk. Wendy and Andrew will tell us about the agaves that grow in southeast Arizona, including survivors of those grown on pre-Columbian agave fields. They will also suggest how we might rekindle agave cultivation in Cascabel for food, drink, and fiber, and to support nectar-feeding bats. Jan. 5, 2019

Sweetwater Center co-founders Nancy Ferguson and Tom Orum appeared on ASU’s public TV news program November 30th. They have found alarmingly few young saguaro cacti for the past 25 years during their annual surveys in Saguaro National Park East. Climate change is thought to make survival more difficult for the next generation of these iconic giants. The news program also covers U of A researchers using tree rings to study Southwest drought; the saguaro segment starts at 14:30. The Arizona Daily Star picked up the story for print. Dec. 10, 2018

The sources, variations in quality, and estimated future supplies of water in Cascabel are described in a recent academic paper by resident hydrologist Dr. Chris Eastoe and long-time resident, potter, and citizen scientist Barbara Clark. The researchers found two main sources of water, one flowing from ancient hot springs and another containing enough iron and sulfur to make it undrinkable. Our area has had severe droughts in the past; the authors suggest a repeat could threaten our water supply.
Email us at the address in the footer and Chris will send a pdf for research or education. Nov. 30, 2108.