Study: Large Benson development could harm St. David Cienega

The Saint David Cienega is a remnant of what was once a large system of marshes located here along the San Pedro River.
The Saint David Cienega is a remnant of what was once a large system of marshes located here along the San Pedro River.

By Emily Bregel | Arizona Daily Star

Hazen Allred, 16, leads his mare near the northern reaches of the St. David Cienega. A new study indicates the Vigneto development in Benson will deplete the Cienega’s water levels.

An environmental group has released a study that says a massive development proposed in Benson could deplete water levels under the federally protected St. David Cienega riparian area.

The study’s author points out that the results are preliminary, but he says they prove the development’s potential to impact the important wetland warrants more rigorous study.

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