Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Channel change on the Santa Cruz River, Pima County, Arizona, 1936-86

September 1, 1995

The Santa Cruz River in southeastern Arizona has a long history of channel instability. Since the late 19th century, lateral channel erosion has caused extensive property damage, particularly in Pima County. The dominant mechanism of channel change in a reach depends on channel morphology and flood magnitude. The timing and magnitude of channel change are controlled primarily by hydroclimatic factors. The location of change is controlled largely by topographic, geologic, hydraulic, and artificial factors.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1995
Title Channel change on the Santa Cruz River, Pima County, Arizona, 1936-86
DOI 10.3133/wsp2429
Authors John T. Parker
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Water Supply Paper
Series Number 2429
Index ID wsp2429
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization