We here at WMG believe strongly in transparency and clarity to foster trust and strong partnerships. Please find below a listing of frequently asked questions. If you may still have a question unanswered then please contact us. We strive to answer each and every question in a timely manner.
- General Information
- Residential Information
- Neighborhood Information
- K-12 Institution Information
- International Information
- Funding and Partnerships
Is WMG a 501(c)(3) non-profit? – Yes, we have been registered as a non-profit since 2003 in the United States. We are incorporated in the state of Arizona.
How is WMG funded? - WMG relies on a variety of funding sources that include private donations, corporate donations, competitive grants through private and public entities, and fees for service.
How can I get involved, learn more, or help WMG? – WMG relies on dedicated volunteers that include: hands-on workshop volunteers, interns, administrative assistants, fundraisers, and board and advisory board members. Sign up to receive WMG’s Weekly Volunteer Bulletin via email and twice yearly newsletter which include announcements on a variety of volunteer opportunities.
How do I sign up to learn of upcoming volunteer opportunities? - Sign up to receive WMG’s Weekly Volunteer Bulletin via email.
How do I sign up to receive the quarterly WMG e-newsletter? - Click here to sign up to receive WMG’s twice yearly newsletter, A Watershed Moment.
Where does WMG work? – WMG's offices are based in Tucson, Phoenix, and India, and we work with a variety of communities in the US and abroad.
How does WMG work? – WMG develops community-driven solutions to environmental and development challenges. WMG provides consultation services, educational workshops, professional trainings, presentations, as well as project design and implementation. We prioritize working with communities in need and ensure success through working with on-the-ground partners and grassroots organizations.
What is the Water Harvesting Certification Program and how do I apply for the next training? – Visit the Water Harvesting Certification Program page to learn more about the certification program and upcoming schedules. The Certification program is open to anyone interested in furthering their understanding the design and implementation of water harvesting systems.
Does WMG offer apprenticeships? – WMG offers apprenticeship opportunities for those who would like to deepen their abilities in areas of WMG's expertise. Those who participate in WMG's Water Harvesting Certification program, may choose to continue their training through an apprenticeship.
How do I learn more about becoming a board member or advisory board member? – Please contact us to learn more about our Board of Directors and Advisory Board.
Where can I find WMG annual reports? – Visit our Financials and Reports page on our website.
How can I as a homeowner/renter receive help with water conservation projects? - WMG offers residents a range of options to help with backyard water conservation projects.
1) The Water Harvesting Co-op enables you as a resident to earn a discount on your own workshop by helping other residents install water harvesting features at other Co-op workshops. Co-op membership is free. WMG provides an experienced workshop leader to help you design, plan, and implement your system in a volunteer workshop format. In addition, WMG works to provide Co-op members special discounts and subsidies with water conservation related services and materials. Contact the Co-op Coordinatorif you are interested in learning more about becoming a Co-op member.
2) WMG also offers consultation services for advice on water harvesting features, erosion and flooding, and general water and energy conservation practices. We can provide verbal advise on site or can provide written recommendations and site plans. Jobs beyond a 1/2hr drive will include a fee for travel expenses. Please contact us if you are interested in this option and for rates.
Does WMG recommend any specific water harvesting contractors/installers? - Please contact us for recommendations of cistern installers, plumbers, and landscape professionals in Tucson. We will recommend the professionals we have worked with in the past who we believe produce high quality work.
Does WMG work with homeowner's associations? - Yes, WMG works with homeowner associations and other community groups to facilitate and/or consult on sustainable landscaping, rainwater cisterns, greywater, stormwater, and green infrastructure. Please contact us to learn more.
Is WMG a licensed contractor? - WMG is not a licensed contractor. We carry liability insurance to cover the systems we install and participants at our workshops. We do not work as contractors because WMG is a a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and we focus on education, outreach, and capacity-building for both the general public and professionals.
What types of green infrastructure improvements are available to neighborhoods? - WMG promotes neighborhood improvements that range from traffic circles, chicanes, right-of-way stormwater basins, permeable paving, and conversion of barren lots into green space. All of the improvements integrate native plants, rainwater harvesting, energy conservation, and alternative transportation. Please visit out Green Streets - Green Neighborhoods Resources page to learn more.
What are the benefits of green infrastructure improvements? - WMG believes any designed improvement should address multiple issues and integrate site characteristics and community needs. Green infrastructure improvements can address streetside stormwater flooding, calming traffic flow, shading and cooling neighborhood streets and right-of-ways, promoting urban wildlife habitat, beautifying streets, and more. More information on benefits can be found on our Green Streets - Green Neighborhoods "About Green Infrastructure" page.
How can I or my neighborhood take action? -- Please visit our Green Streets Program Services page.
How can WMG assist my neighborhood, community group, or homeowner's association? - Please visit our Green Streets Program Services page. WMG provides consultation services, educational workshops, leadership trainings, presentations as well as assisting through active partnerships.
How can I receive help with a K-12 school related water conservation project? - WMG works with a limited number of schools in Tucson each year through grant funds with our Schoolyard Water Education Program. Grant round are announced about once a year through WMG's listserves and on our website. We can also work with schools through a fee for service arrangement to create customized programs. Please Contact us if you would like more information on fee for service project arrangement.
How can I learn more about WMG’s Schoolyard Education Program? -- Please visit our Schoolyard Water Education Program or contact us.
How do I learn more about WMG's work internationally? - Please visit our international page.
What international services does WMG offer? - WMG can offer a range of services to meet specific community needs and priorities for soil and water conservation, sanitation, and community development. Services include: consultation, facilitation, outreach and education, and monitoring and evaluation. Please visit out International Services page for more information or contact us.
Where has WMG worked internationally? -- WMG staff have completed projects in Costa Rica and Ghana. Ongoing and developing project locations include Mexico, Burkina Faso, and India.
How can I make a donation to support WMG’s work? –Donations are greatly appreciated and critical to WMG's ability to provide quality educational and technical services to meet community needs. Donations may be made online by visiting our Contribute page or may be mailed to Watershed Management Group, PO Box 65953, Tucson, AZ 85728.
I would like to sponsor a WMG program. Who do I contact and what recognition will I receive? – Please contact the Executive Director (520-396-3266) if you are interested in finding more about sponsorship packages. Sponsors are promoted in WMG's e-newsletter, website Sponsors page, and at events. Click here to learn more about our corporate sponsorship levels and benefits.
How can my business or organization partner with WMG on a project/program? – WMG believes strongly in building community networks through working partnerships with other businesses and organizations. Please contact the Executive Director if you are interested in finding more about potential partnerships.