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WMG to Hold National Green Infrastructure Webinar Series

For immediate release: February 14, 2011
WMG Media Contact: 
Tory Syracuse

WMG's Neighborhood Leaders Program Provides Training, Funding for Projects in Tucson Neighborhoods

For immediate release: February 3, 2011                                                                                       

Green Job Training Program Prepares Phoenix Professionals for New Economy

For immediate release: February 1, 2011

Contact: Lindsay Ignatowski

“Green-collar” jobs are one of the fastest growing sectors in the nation’s rebounding economy. The Energy Business Daily listed Phoenix in the top ten cities in the nation for careers in sustainability, and Pew Charitable Trusts reports that green jobs grew 9.1 about 2.5 times faster than overall job from 1998 to 2007. WMG is currently taking applications for our Water Harvesting Certification green job training course in Phoenix from March 18-27.

Pilot Program Will Enhance Desert Rivers through Individual Water Conservation

$500 - $1,000 Water Harvesting Subsidies Offered to Pilot Participants

Training in Green Streets Design Offered in Tucson

Regional leader, Watershed Management Group, offers hands-on training in green infrastructure

For immediate release: November 4, 2010

WMG Media Contact:
Tory Syracuse
(520) 396-3266

Watershed Management Group (WMG) will launch its new Watershed Technical Trainings program with an advanced training in Green Infrastructure being offered January 20-22, 2011.  This training, the only one of its kind in the Southwest region, offers professionals, teachers, and community activists a chance to advance their knowledge of green infrastructure in an experiential, workshop-based setting.

WMG and Partners Celebrate Green Infrastructure with Neighborhood Open House

For immediate release: September 27, 2010
Watershed Management Group (WMG) a Tucson-based non-profit organization, will be hosting a Green Infrastructure Showcase and Open House on Thursday, October 21, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at Salpointe Catholic High School.  This event will showcase the cutting-edge green infrastructure for Southwest neighborhoods implemented at Salpointe High with the help of WMG, Samos Neighborhood residents, and the City of Tucson.  

WMG and Empowering Local Communities, Inc join together for a local 10:10:10 Global Work Party

Press Release: Empowering Local Communities, Inc. and Watershed Management Group (WMG) join together in Tucson as part of the 10:10:10 “Global Work Party” to solve the Climate crises.
Effective Immediately, Sept 24, 2010
Watershed Management Group, Rhiwena Slack, 520-396-3266,
Empowering Local Communities, Inc, Tres English, 

WMG partners with Coca-Cola to distribute recycled rain barrels in at a family friendly event hosted by Case Gardens

Press Release: Watershed Management Group and Coca-Cola Turn Waste into Water Savings

For Immediate Release:
Watershed Management Group and Coca-Cola Enterprises have partnered to turn 200 Coke’s empty soda syrup drums into rainwater harvesting cisterns. These 55 gallon barrels come with a filter to keep out debris and mosquitoes, and Each person who orders a barrel receives 1 hose spigot. 

WMG Offers Unique Opportunity in Sustainability to Tucson Schools

Watershed Management Group (WMG), a Tucson-based non-profit organization, is currently accepting applications to implement rain garden projects at three Tucson area schools for the 2010-2011 school year. The Schoolyard Program, a WMG program with funding assistance  by the US Department of Fish and Wildlife, will emphasize the creation of native habitat areas on campuses and will implement water harvesting techniques through hands-on activities, including the creation of a rain garden. Topics such as the water cycle, water conservation, rainwater and greywater harvesting, native gardening, pollinators, and monitoring of systems will be addressed via classroom and outdoor activities over the course of the program. Students and teachers will have the opportunity to learn valuable skills for rainwater harvesting and will increase their awareness of the crucial role water plays in a desert environment. 

Tucson, AZ, Becomes National Role Model for Water Harvesting

Tucson, Arizona, is quickly distinguishing itself as one of the leading cities in promoting water conservation, specifically water harvesting practices. With only twelve inches of rainfall per year, residents are learning to make the most of their scarce water supply. In the forefront of this movement, grassroots groups, non-profit organizations, businesses, and the city government are promoting water harvesting through educational programs, city policies, demonstration sites, technology innovations, and green job training.

Habitat for Humanity and WMG Partner To Develop Graywater Demonstration Homes in Compliance with New Tucson City Ordinance

Tucson, AZ – Habitat for Humanity and Watershed Management Group have partnered to develop graywater demonstration projects at 5 Habitat homes in the Tucson Community.  Volunteers led by Watershed Management Group learn while installing graywater plumbing and landscape features at Habitat homes to divert bathroom shower, bathroom sink, and laundry water to irrigate outdoor plants. The graywater is used to support food producing trees at each home.  These trees will feed families, shade homes, and beautify landscapes while conserving potable water conventionally used to irrigate outdoor landscapes. 

Tucson Green Streets Bike Tour

Green Streets Bike Tour Will Showcase Tucson's Green Infrastructure -- Just in time for Earth Day, Tucson residents will be able to take to the streets to visit green infrastructure projects around the city. Watershed Management Group, a local non-profit organization, is offering guided bike tours of community demonstration sites in Central Tucson.  WMG guides and guest speakers will inform tour participants about neighborhood green streets projects, rainwater harvesting technologies, riparian restoration, and capturing solar energy.

WMG partners with Coca-Cola to distribute recycled rain barrels in Tucson

Press Release: Watershed Management Group and Coca-Cola Turn Waste into Water Savings
Watershed Management Group and Coca-Cola Enterprises have partnered to turn Coke’s empty soda syrup drums into rainwater harvesting cisterns, with assistance from the United Way of Southern Arizona, Tucson Clean and Beautiful, and PRO-Neighborhoods.  The barrels will feature artwork by local troops from the Sahuaro Girl Scout Council and the Catalina Council Boy Scouts of America.  These 55 gallon barrels come with a filter to keep out debris and mosquitoes, and have a hose bib.

Ward 2 Council Office Installs 3,300 gal Cistern Through WMG's Certification Program

Press Release: Ward 2 Office Installs 3,300 gallon Water Harvesting Cistern through Watershed Management Group’s Water Harvesting Certification Program

Ward 2 Council Office Hosts WMG's Water Harvesting Certification Workshops

Press Release: Ward 2 Council Office Helps Train Green Professionals by Hosting Water Harvesting Certification Trainings this Spring 2010

Co-op Workshop Grants - Spring 2010

Press Release: Watershed Management Group Offers Subsidies for Households To “Green” Their Property

TUCSON, AZ  - Going green does not have to be expensive or difficult.  A local non-profit, Watershed Management Group (WMG), offers the public a sweat-equity Co-op program with financial subsidies to install green practices at an affordable cost.  Green practices include: greywater systems, landscapes and cisterns that capture rainwater, vegetable gardens and fruit trees suitable for the desert, as well as chicken coops and compost systems. 

WMG Offers Phoenix Certification Training - March to May 2010

Press Release: Comprehensive Water Harvesting Certification Training Expands to Phoenix in Spring 2010

January 11th, 2010

Developing a green economy requires building skills, knowledge, and resources from the ground up in concert with the local environment. To facilitate green job training in Arizona, Watershed Management Group (WMG) is expanding its Water Harvesting Certification program to the Phoenix area in partnership with a Phoenix-based non-profit, Arizona Home Grown Solutions (AzHS).

WMG Co-op Workshop Features Integrating Community Development and Conservation

January 11th, 2010

For further information, contact Matthew Bertrand at 520-205-1557.

On 1/16/2009, Watershed Management Group will conduct a project to install rainwater harvesting earthworks at 4500 N Holly Berry Way.  Watershed Management Group, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which works to integrate community development and conservation. WMG provides local residents and community groups the knowledge and skills necessary to retain rainwater on their property, returning the water to the ground.

The project will beautify the property by using plants native to Arizona, increasing its value, while greatly reducing water use. It is estimated that 50% of household water use goes for maintaining landscaping. The majority of the rainwater that falls on the property will be captured and returned to the underground aquifers.

One-of-a-kind Water Harvesting Training Set to Expand in 2010

PRESS RELEASE: One-of-a-kind Water Harvesting Training Set to Expand in 2010

November 23, 2009

As southern Arizona’s green economy grows, many people seek training for careers in green businesses that can match their values as well as provide a livelihood. As evidence of this trend, Tucson-based nonprofit Watershed Management Group (WMG) has seen overwhelming interest in its WMG Water Harvesting Certification program, a hands-on training program in water harvesting systems design and construction.  To meet this demand, WMG has just announced plans to more than double its course offerings in 2010, including an expansion of the program into metro Phoenix.

WMG Receives American Planning Association Award for Green Projects


On October 15, the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA AZ) will present Tucson-based nonprofit Watershed Management Group (WMG) and the Rincon Heights Neighborhood Association (RHNA) with the first annual “Making Arizona Competitive in the 21st Century” (MAC21) award. WMG and RHNA were chosen for the award based on their collaborative effort to conduct education and install “green infrastructure” practices throughout the historic neighborhood. The practices—including curb cuts, landscaped basins and gravel-filled trenches that collect stormwater from streets and properties (see photo)—improve water quality, reduce flooding, and use stormwater to passively irrigate native trees and shrubs that shade and beautify neighborhood streets.

WMG Certifies Professionals in Water Harvesting Systems


WMG Making Sustainability Affordable for All Tucsonans

Press Release: Watershed Management Group Making Sustainability Affordable for All Tucsonans

August 1, 2009

WMG Offers Unique Opportunity to Teach Sustainability in Tucson Area Schools

Press Release:  Watershed Management Group, a Local Non-Profit, Offers Unique Opportunity to Teach Sustainability in Tucson Area Schools

June 4, 2009

WMG Organizes 2nd Annual High School Wash Clean Up


WMG Celebrates Earth Day 2009 By Creating A Neighborhood Pocket Park


WMG Partners With Neighborhood and UA to Improve Stormwater Management in Tucson


TUCSON – This Valentine’s Day, 30 volunteers will converge on a University of Arizona parking lot to install rainwater harvesting basins, native trees and shrubs where previously only asphalt and bare earth had lain.  Led by Tucson nonprofit Watershed Management Group (WMG), the volunteers will lend their sweat to the transformation of a neighborhood.