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Tucson Conserve to Enhance

Make your water conservation efforts count towards improving local rivers and washes.

The Tucson Conserve to Enhance (C2E) program links water conservation efforts with watershed restoration and enhancement to ensure that water conservation will translate into benefits for the environment. Participants conserve water, track the money saved through water conservation practices, and then donate their savings to C2E. The funds generated by program participants are overseen by a community advisory board, which chooses the beneficiary river or wash enhancement projects within the Tucson community. Funds donated will go directly to the environment, to protect and restore desert rivers, create instream flows needed for a healthy ecosystem, and increase groundwater levels.

C2E is now enrolling new participants! See below for more information, and click the 'Enroll Now' button to fill out the enrollment survey.

New Community Grants Offered for 2014

The Tucson Conserve to Enhance (C2E) program has opened a new round of Community Enhancement Project grants to improve local washes and neighborhood natural habitats. C2E welcomes applications from community groups seeking to improve their neighborhood streetscapes and urban washes. Proposals must come from local groups or organizations, comprised of three or more individuals from separate, unrelated households. Groups of interested neighbors, neighborhood organizations, schools, churches and other local organizations with a physical presence in the proposed project area are all eligible.

Projects eligible for a Community Enhancement Project grant must directly benefit a neighborhood’s natural areas and waterways through conservation or restoration practices, including passive rainwater harvesting in common areas, green infrastructure to mitigate stormwater runoff, native vegetation restoration, and soil conservation and erosion control in or near washes. Grant awards will range from $2,500 to $7,500.

Click here to download the Spring 2014 application packet. Application Deadline: April 11, 2014. Additional instructions and information are available for download here. The presentaiton from the March 4 public information session is available for download here.

Funds for the Community Enhancement Project grants are raised through direct contributions from C2E participants and donations to the Tucson Water bill check box. The first C2E-funded restoration project was completed in October by Tucson Audubon at the Atturbury-Lyman Bird and Animal Sanctuary trailhead in southeast Tucson. Read more about the project and the volunteer effort that helped make it possible here. For more information on how to participate in the program, click here.

 

C2E 2013 Grant Awards

The Tucson Conserve to Enhance (C2E) program funded three Community Enhancement Projects in 2013! And Watershed Management Group is proud to be a partner on one of the projects.

The grantees are…

C2E Now Enrolling New Participants!

Are you passionate about conserving water? Do you want to take your conservation to the next level and make your water savings really count?

Conserve to Enhance is now enrolling new participants, and we'd like to invite you to join the growing movement to enhance Tucson's rivers and washes.

Here's how it works:

1. Conserve water at your home or business.
2. We track your savings, and you donate the money saved on your water bill.
3. Your donations are used to enhance urban rivers and washes.

Ready to take the plunge? Go directly to the enrollment survey here. If you would like more information about the program, contact Brittany Xiu with the Water Resources Research Center at brittanyx@email.arizona.edu or 520-621-8252.  Download our informational flyer here


There’s one more way you can support C2E today. Donate directly through your Tucson Water bill by simply filling in your donation amount in the 'Open Space/Riparian Contribution' box. These funds are added to contributions from program participants to fund river and wash enhancement projects in the community.

Not a Tucson Water customer? You can make a tax-deductible donation to C2E using the Watershed Management Group's secure contribution page.


 

Background Information

The Tucson Conserve to Enhance Program is a collaborative program managed and developed by the Sonoran Institute, the University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center and Watershed Management Group. This program is piloting the Water Resources Research Center's concept. Their research outlines the difficulty in securing water for riparian restoration projects and reviews some current efforts to link individual water users to environmental enhancement.

To Participate

Enrollment is now open for Conserve to Enhance! If you are interested in participating in C2E, please fill out the short survey form here. It should take you less than 10 minutes to complete. New participants will receive an email notification that they have been enrolled within 2 weeks of completing the survey.

More Information

For more information on this program, please email Brittany, at brittanyx@email.arizona.edu.

Community Advisory Board Members

Christopher Avery, Emily Brott, Leslie Ethen, Mac Hudson, Kendall Kroesen, Grant McCormick, Amy McCoy, Daniel Ransom, Candice Rupprecht, Lisa Shipek, Karen Wilson, Claire Zucker