Water Resource Collections and Archives




About 100 miles long and draining a watershed of over 2600 square miles, the Santa Ana River is the longest river in Southern California, with most of the watershed being in Inlandia.

Though the watershed is home to over 5 million people, the SAR is the river that, given its intensive usage and restricted access, most of us have faced away from according to Celeste Cantu, Director of the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority. There is now an increasing effort on the part of many, including those in Friends, to face the river, learn about it and to value it as the unique resource it is – a precious stream in an arid land that can support a multitude of uses by our community. Through better education, Friends is interested in restoring, improving and reintegrating the SAR into our communities as well as personal lives and daily experience. There is really nothing else like it in the region and our hope is to contribute to educating our campus and community in ways that help re-center the SAR in our community.

Images of the River

University of California, Riverside, Friends of the Santa Ana River

Inspirations -- River Restoration Elsewhere

Though the challenges are significant, major river restoration and conservation efforts are happening all over the world, and with rivers in very bad condition. The following examples of rivers being restored are included as inspirations..

Last modified: 7/21/2014 11:03 AM by J. Greene

UCR Contact Information

Water Resources Collections and Archives
Tomás Rivera Library, 4th Floor
PO Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, CA 92517-5900

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CSUSB Contact Information

Water Resources Institute, CSUSB
Boykin Witherspoon III, Institute Director
California State University, San Bernardino
PL-401 5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino CA 92407-2318

Tel: 909-537-3685    email Email