Sam Lena Park and KERP

About this Location

Kino Ecosystem Restoration Project (KERP) is the end result of a multi-purpose environmental restoration and stormwater harvesting project. The harvested stormwater is used to sustain the lush wildlife habitat within KERP, and extra stormwater is utilized to irrigate Pima County’s Kino Sports Complex and surrounding landscaping, providing significant cost savings to taxpayers. The lush wildlife habitat attracts a wide variety of wildlife and wildlife watchers. Most important, the detention basin that contains KERP also protects homes and businesses downstream from the devastating flooding that would result were water allowed to flow unchecked from the east side of Tucson to the Santa Cruz River.

Content from Kino Ecosystem Restoration Project booklet