RESTON, Va. — A recently published book, “Requiem for the Santa Cruz: An Environmental History of an Arizona River,” examines the environmental implications of unsustainable water use and manufactured landscape change in Arizona’s Santa Cruz River, according to a press release.

The four authors included: Julio L. Betancourt (USGS geoscientist), Robert H. Webb (USGS hydrologist, retired), Raymond M. Turner (USGS plant ecologist, retired) and Roy R. Johnson (National Park Service ornithologist, retired), stated the release.

The release reported that the authors used field evidence and historical archives to track the progression of water development and floodplain changes along the river.

Read the entire release here.