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 RRN's last trash pickup of the springGracie Kayko, Environmental Journalism Intern - June 17, 2024The May 22nd Santa Cruz River clean up crew. Watershed Management Group’s River Run Network hosted its last trash pickup of the spring on May 22nd at Santa Cruz River at Irvington Road. A group of 10 volunteers, newcomers and returners, helped fill eight, construction grade,...
two people working on a water conservation project in tucson
On-site experience at the Spring 2024 Water Harvesting Certification Course (photo credit: Julius Schlosberg)Water Harvesting Design Certification Course: Fall 2024 SessionsEmbark on an educational journey unlike any other with Watershed Management Group’s Water Harvesting Design Certification. This comprehensive 45-hour program combines hands-on workshops with in-depth classroom learning,...
 Coder Dojo will be offering free week-long coding/gaming workshops at the Living Lab - drawing on WMG's work in water-awareness and 'hydrolocal' practices.Register through the CoderDojo community portal here!Through fun activities – such as exploring the rain gardens, food forest, and other water conservation practices, telling stories, making games, and collecting data - participants...
Join Watershed Management Group and City of Phoenix Water Services Department for free virtual classes on how to create a shady pollinator friendly landscape using rainwater.Register for classes here! Class descriptionsDesigning a Water Harvesting LandscapeAugust 6, 2024 Tuesday 6:00p.m. - 7:30pmLearn to assess your yard based on integrated design principles and find ways you can shape your...
a group of people releasing origami boats into the tanque verde creek at a Watershed Management Group event
 A magical evening along a flowing creek in TucsonTanque Verde Flow & Feast 2024 Tanque Verde Flow & Feast 2024 (photo credit: Nicci Radhe) May 4th was a special night at Tanque Verde Creek.The River Run Network, a program of Watershed Management Group, held its 7th Annual Flow & Feast event on a beautiful spring evening. 138 people came and were able to walk along the...
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 June Slow Down: Summer Siesta at the Living LabIn June, the Living Lab & Learning Center will be mostly closed as we take a well-deserved summer siesta. While we’ll have fewer classes and limited access during this month, it's the perfect time for us to recharge and prepare for an exciting lineup of events starting in July.What to Expect:Limited Access: The Living Lab will have reduced...
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Next Family Saturday | Próximo Sábado Familiar:Monsoon Night | Noche Del MonzónJuly 20, 2024 | 6:00pm-9:00pmJoin us after hours to celebrate the monsoon season with our Family Saturday event! This free event offers something for the whole family.Monsoon Magic Activities: Explore the Living Lab at Night: Discover the wonders of the Living Lab under the night sky.Learn About...
Sustainable Mobility: Redefining the Way We MoveWelcome to our Sustainable Mobility Series, an innovative program designed to revolutionize how we think about and engage in daily transportation. This series is a great way to make real changes to your day-to-day life, both big and small!Why Join the Series?Explore Sustainable Travel Options: Learn about diverse, environmentally-friendly ways to...
a watershed management group docent taking care of one of the living lab chickens
WMG Docent Social: Info & Meet-Up on July 17Register hereWhen: Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 5:30pm-7:00pmWhere: The Living Lab & Learning Center, 1137 N. Dodge Blvd. Tucson, AZ, 85716 Join us for an engaging evening to explore meaningful volunteer opportunities with WMG's Docent Program. Learn about promoting water conservation, restoring local rivers, and fostering stewardship of...
Thank you to the River Run Network Members who wrote in on the One Water 2100 Plan and made restoring rivers and shallow groundwater areas one of the top issues in the public comment period. This caught the attention of long-time environmental reporter, Tony Davis. This article by Davis features WMG's perspective on the plan and what's missing: New Tucson plans lack measures to bring...
friends hugging and dancing
What does it mean to have rainwater on tap? Enjoy happy hour under the stars at WMG's Living Lab, where the featured drinks are made with Tucson rainwater, locally captured and filtered. Sip on rainwater cocktails, rainwater mocktails, and rainwater teas and experience what hydro-local living tastes like. This happy hour is on Giving Tuesday, a day of global giving following Thanksgiving. All...
Watershed Management Group is excited to announce this year’s Desert Living Home Tour on Saturday, November 4th from 10a.m. - 3p.m.! Now in its 12th year, we’re teaming up with community partners throughout Tucson to show off creative and sustainable yards, homes, and community spaces for all experience levels and budgets in Tucson. This year we're excited to have eight new homes on the tour...
From 2020-2022 the Educating Children Outdoors Teen Naturalists monitored the flow of the Santa Cruz River in Marana under the guidance of Kathy Balman. The Teen Naturalists not only monitored the flow of the river for Flow 365 they also identified local and invasive flora and fauna and submitted their data to iNaturlaist, monitored water quality for Earth Echo Water Challenge, collected litter...
beaver in pond
October 12, 2023WMG, with support from you, our River Run Network Members, has been advocating for the release of beavers along Cienega Creek since 2019. Now, the final Environmental Assessment (EA) was released for the proposed plan to release beavers along Cienega Creek! This Final EA supports what we were hoping for, Alternative A. This would re-establish beavers in Ciénega Creek, with the...
volunteer removing arundo
The creek is calling - the Tanque Verde Creek, that is! It’s that time of year when the birds are singing, the cacti are fruiting, and WMG staff and volunteers are pumped for another season of restoring flow to our rivers through removing the invasive species, Arundo donax. If it’s your first time doing this important work or your tenth, we invite you to our fall Arundo...
Rain garden plants being set out for distribution
Family Saturday is a great event for all ages, and we invite adults to bring out the kids and youth in their lives that like gardening and playing in the dirt. Learn all about native plants and how a rainwater harvesting basin can support them to create more habitat for bees, butterflies and other important pollinators! Understand how to create these green spaces in your own landscape to...
sq newsletter 2023
I made a promise to the RillitoTo help restore her flowsI visit her and talk with herI move, explore, reflect, and meditate alongside herShe shares her wisdomI hope to give her as much as she gives me The Rillito is my teacherShe embodies resilienceThe water is always there, even when we can’t see itRunning below the surfaceDoing her job no matter whatThe River speaks to us allAre we listening?-...
staff learning center
The Learning Center is in its final stages of construction, and the project has been fully funded thanks to donations from WMG donors as well as a 2nd gift from Arizona Lottery for $25,000.Thanks to everyone who helped us meet and exceed our capital campaign goal, including Net Zero Solar, Tucson Electric Power, Pioneer Tanks, and Arizona Lottery. Net Zero Solar donated solar panels as well as...
Virtual Event: There’s Hope for our Creeks and Rivers: Stories and Flow Data from WMG’s Flow365 ProgramThursday, July 27th @ 12pm - 1pmRegister HereAre you interested in learning about what is happening in our creeks and rivers? We are excited to share the latest trends on the flow in our creeks over the past few years and tell the story of our creeks and rivers. Join this ...
docent program
Do you want to team with others working for environmental justice? Do you care about equitable access to water? Docents are Watershed Management Group's volunteer ambassadors, both out in the community and at our Living Lab & Learning Center. Read more about WMG's Docent Program here. Applications are open until August 1st. ¡Bienvenidas a todas las personas que hablan...
Did you miss the virtual comment writing party? No sweat! We posted it to YouTube so you can still get the inside scoop, and still submit your comments. We’d love to see over 100 people submit comments and advocate for our rivers—that means you! Use this link or click on the photo to the left to view the recording.   The One Water 2100 Plan is a comprehensive,...
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Coder Dojo will be offering free week-long coding/gaming workshops at the Living Lab - drawing on WMG's work in water-awareness and 'hydrolocal' practices. Through fun activities – such as exploring the rain gardens, food forest, and other water conservation practices, telling stories, making games, and collecting data - participants will consider what each can do to make the most of the water we...
River Run Network Clean Up: Santa Cruz River at Irvington RdWednesday, July 19 @ 6:30pm to 8:00pmRegisterThe Santa Cruz River has a rich cultural and ecological history that grounds us in this watershed and the city of Tucson. There are stretches of the river where effluent flow is being released, and water flows year round, the Irvington Outfalls is another example of this. Located on...
matching grant from TEP
Springtime has been an important fundraising season for WMG, as we raise funds to support our programs and at the same time raise funds to build our Learning Center. We are getting close to the finish line with both of these campaigns, and we’re reaching out to share the good news and ask for your support if you haven’t yet had a chance to donate.Kudos to the 275 donors who have given so far...

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