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DOUG KREUTZ / ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Abundant runoff from monsoon rains has begun refilling the Deep Pond at Pima County’s Kino Environmental Restoration Project on Forgeus Avenue about a block north of Ajo Way.

The three-acre pond was drained earlier this year for maintenance and removal of bullfrogs and other non-native species. Plans called for allowing the pond to refill naturally with storm runoff during the monsoon — and so far nature is cooperating.

County officials said the Julian Watershed, which feeds water into the pond, received 2 to 2.6 inches of rainfall earlier this month.

Forecasts call for more rain in the Tucson area this week.

That’s good news for bird-watchers who find egrets, herons and other bird species at the pond depending on the season.