The Rio Salado Riparian Habitat Restoration Area: Managing the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

Date of Award


Document Type

Capstone Project


Environmental Policy & Mgmt

Degree Name

Master of Applied Science


Environmental Policy & Mgmt


Barron Douglas Farquhar


Arizona Game and Fish Department; City of Phoenix; Endangered Species Act; Habitat Conservation Plan; Rio Salado; Riparian Habitat; Safe Harbor Agreement; Salt River; Southwestern Willow Flycatcher


The following document identifies the impact to the current management plan of the Rio Salado Riparian Habitat Restoration Area in the event the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher is found nesting at the project site. Rio Salado is managed by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, and consists of a low-flow channel with native vegetation and wildlife along the Salt River. This paper analyzes the regulatory responsibilities of project site management and discusses the necessary adjustments to the management plan. Despite the current absence of the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher from Rio Salado, management should enter into a Safe Harbor Agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to legally protect themselves from the regulations stipulated in the Endangered Species Act.

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