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Green Streets - Green Neighborhoods

Watershed Management Group is a leader in the planning, design, and implementation of Green Infrastructure (also known as Low Impact Development or Stormwater Harvesting).  We specialize in working with diverse community stakeholders, from city departments to neighborhood groups.  Please contact us to collaborate on demonstration sites, standard designs, professional trainings, and policy development.    

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Ahora en Español — Green Infrastructure for Southwestern Neighborhoods

Infraestructura Verde para Comunidades del Desierto SonorenseEn colaboración con la ciudad de La Paz, Baja California Sur, México estamos orgullosos de ofrecer en español el manual de Infraestructura Verde para Comunidades del Desierto Sonorense! Esta nueva versión incluye información e imágenes específicas para Baja California Sur. Bajarlo aquí (6.5 MB pdf).

WMG Featured in a National Organization's Video to Promote Green Infrastructure

Green for All, a national non-profit organization, has selected Tucson as a target community for their green job development programs. And green infrastructure, a key component of Watershed Management Group's work, is one of the primary paths to the green jobs they are promoting at a national scale. Check out these two videos, featuring Tucson as a leading example!

This video features WMG’s Associate Director, Tory Syracuse, talking about creating the demand for water harvesting that will lead to green job growth.


Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

WMG's Green Streets Policy Will Change the Face of Tucson!

Green Streets water harvesting basin with flowersDuring 2012 and 2013, Watershed Management Group led a collaborative process between the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and many other stakeholders to develop a Green Streets policy. The policy, passed unanimously by Tucson’s Mayor and Council in May of 2013, requires that stormwater-harvesting features, such as vegetated streetside basins, be integrated into all publicly-funded roadway development and re-development projects. These features will be included from the beginning of the design process in order to ensure their effectiveness. 

We already know how to design roadways to promote water conservation and enhance our urban forest. Now, the City of Tucson has taken the necessary steps to ensure that new projects integrate this knowledge in order to promote a more livable Tucson and a healthy urban watershed. 

Sierra Vista, Arizona, Embraces Green Infrastructure Practices

Visibility and awareness of green infrastructure practices is critical for community acceptance in thinking about stormwater as a resource not a problem. Watershed Management Group in partnership with the City of Sierra Vista and Cochise Water Project is focusing on:

1. Providing high-impact, high-visibility, public green infrastructure demonstrations throughout Sierra Vista 

2. Overcoming barriers to city-wide policy and implementation by working collaboratively with local partners

McFadden Park community green infrastructure workshop, April 2012, Sierra VistaTwo green infrastructure demonstrations have been completed which demonstrate effective use of stormwater as a replacement for potable water irrigation. 

Green Infrastructure Practices Take Root in Phoenix

Beginning in 2011, Watershed Management Group initiated a partnership with the City of Phoenix and community members to plan and implement public demonstrations of green infrastructure (GI) on both private and public sites. Through grant funding from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, WMG implemented the first curb cuts and streetside GI sites in 2012 at Primera Iglesia, near downtown Phoenix.

Watershed Technical Trainings

WMG's Watershed Technical Trainings (WTT) are hands-on design and implementation trainings to build the knowledge and skills of property-owners and practitioners alike.  As a non-profit organization, WMG's goal is to offer green job trainings based in collaboration not competition; build applied skills of professionals; and teach universal principles and systems instead of product promotion.  Our courses bring together a wide variety of people, such as architects, engineers, resource managers, consultants, educators, policy makers, community activists, and property owners.

Green Infrastructure Webinar Series Available to View

In June 2012, WMG completed our webinar series on green infrastructure.  All three webinarsGreen Infrastructure Case Studies, Community-Based Green Infrastructure, and Green for All: Green Infrastructure and Jobswere recorded and are available here.