Watershed Management Group, in partnership with the Instituto Technológico de Nogales (ITN) in Nogales, Sonora, is developing local capacity to develop and implement water harvesting projects on the school campus and the larger community. Additional community partners including the Sonoran state water utility (CEA) and other schools have been instrumental in assisting with the project and expanding awareness beyond the ITN campus. The project funded by the Border 2012 EPA/BECC program will be completed by October 2012. Project updates can be found here.
The Volcán River in southwestern Costa Rica drains the Volcán watershed into the Térraba River basin. It is primarily an agricultural area, producing pineapple coffee, cattle, and sugar cane. The Volcán watershed has experienced impacts related to intensive agricultural production and deforestation.
Watershed Management Group began working in collaboration with the Volcán watershed commission (La Comisión para la Gestión de la Cuenca del Rio Volcán) in January of 2006 to assist with the design and implementation of a reforestation demonstration project to benefit the watershed community. As part of the reforestation project WMG and the watershed commission coordinated a demonstration day to engage stakeholders in the process, including local producers, representatives from the environmental ministry, a pineapple company, the Nature Conservancy, and Tropical Science Center.