Rio Salado Environmental Restoration Project
The Rio Salado Environmental Restoration Project (Project) has been 40 years in the making and is the first of its kind in the desert southwest. It has become the benchmark for future river restoration Projects. The Project restores a 5-mile section of the Salt River (Rio Salado) that goes through the very core of the City of Phoenix. The Salt River provides essential 100-year flood protection for the City of Phoenix. The Project changes a dry riverbed eyesore of debris and gravel pits back into restored native wetlands and riparian habitats with recreational and educational uses while maintaining the essential flood control. It also revitalizes the central city area.