Thursday, lonAD, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch
Sponsored by AMS Committee on Environmental Stewardship
Thursday, 10 January 2019, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (weather permitting)
Shuttle bus departs Phoenix Convention Center: 1:00 p.m.
Return trip arrives at Phoenix Convention Center: 4:00 p.m.
Located in Gilbert, Arizona, just southeast of Phoenix, the Riparian Preserve is a 110-acre site that combines water resource development, wildlife habitat, and educational and recreational opportunities. This preserve allows the city of Gilbert to reuse 100% of its wastewater through a series of recharge basins that support marshland, native riparian, and upland vegetation areas. The site includes more than 4.5 miles of trails. Our visit will include a tour led by naturalist Jennie Rambo and water recharge operations expert Patty Jordan. Participants will have the opportunity to observe the riparian habitat's ecological benefits for birds and native vegetation and its utility as a natural reservoir.