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This November and December, WMG launched its first-ever Binational Beaver Survey - an on-the-ground effort to assess how many beavers are living along the San Pedro River and some of its main tributaries on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. In the late 1800's, beavers were exterminated from the binational San Pedro River. Twenty-one years ago, they were introduced into the San Pedro...
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What is the Binational Beaver Survey?This November and December, WMG launched its first-ever Binational Beaver Survey - an on-the-ground effort to assess how many beavers are living along the San Pedro River and some of its main tributaries on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. This data will provide information needed to support healthy beaver populations along the San Pedro long-term so that...
On November 6, River Run Network members joined Catlow Shipek, WMG's Policy & Technical Director, and James Lauder, Project Manager, for some restoration work in the Pantano Jungle! This site is part of Pima County's Cienega Creek Natural Preserve near Vail, close to where our previous RRN restoration workshop was held as well. After a short hike through the Pantano Jungle, the group was...
Watershed Management Group, through the River Run Network Program, is excited to tackle the removal of an invasive species, Arundo donax (giant reed), from along Tanque Verde Creek in east Tucson. We are thankful for funding support from the Arizona State Department of Forestry and Fire Management through their Invasive Plant Removal program and also supportive landowners along the...
Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving, and it would mean the world to us at Watershed Management Group if you made a donation. Our goal is to raise $45,000 by midnight, and thanks to a matching fund pledged by our loyal donors, when you give your gift will be doubled!When you donate to WMG today, you fund hydro-local and nature-based solutions. We love letting nature do its work—whether...
Watershed Management Group, through the River Run Network Program, is excited to tackle the removal of an invasive species, Arundo donax (giant reed), from along Tanque Verde Creek in east Tucson. We are thankful for funding support from the Arizona State Department of Forestry and Fire Management through their Invasive Plant Removal program and also supportive landowners along the...
On this guided tour, you’ll learn about our rainwater harvesting systems, compost toilets, laundry-to-landscape greywater harvesting system, food forest, and more! The tour will be outside, so be prepared for the weather and to be standing or walking for the full tour time.The Living Lab is also our office headquarters and was named AZ’s Greenest Workplace in 2015 by Mrs. Green’s World. More than...
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River Run Network Restoration Workshop: Horseshoe Bosque Round Two!Saturday, November 20th @ 8a.m. - 12p.m.RegisterAfter a very wet monsoon season, we are continuing to make adjustments to restoration work done in Cienega Creek. Join James Lauder, WMG Project Manager (left) for a second restoration workshop in the Horeshoe Bosque. You’ll be helping to modify existing structures to enhance...
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Historically, beavers played a key role in maintaining watershed health for the Santa Cruz and San Pedro Rivers before they were wiped out by fur trappers in the 1800’s. The beaver population made an initial comeback due to relocation efforts in 1999, and with education, community science, and advocacy, we can bring the beavers back and grow their impact to reach the River Run Network's 50-...
On October 9th, community members joined River Run Network program manager, Lauren Monheim, for a creek walk along the Santa Cruz River in Marana! The spot that we visited has been flowing perennially for many years now with the release of effluent flow from the Tres Rios Water Treatment Plant. During our walk, we had the opportunity to see plenty of insect species that can typically be found in...
On October 16th, members of the River Run Network joined WMG staff for a restoration workshop in the beautiful Ciénega Creek in the Horseshoe Bosque near Vail! With the guidance of Catlow Shipek, WMG's Policy & Technical Director, and James Lauder, Project Manager,  we were able to identify areas of the wash where WMG had previously done "beavering" work, our word for building dams...
If you've been wanting to learn how to build a rain garden and get a rain garden kit, this is your chance! Sign up for a class this week to learn how to build a water harvesting basin and plant your own rain garden. After you take the class, you can take home your very own complimentary Build Your Own Basin (BYOB) Kit—which includes a native shade tree, wildflowers, shrubs, and organic mulch—to...
River Run Network Restoration Workshop: Pantano JungleSaturday, November 6th @ 8a.m. - 12p.m.RegisterAfter a very wet monsoon with lots of flow, it’s time to go back to our restoration projects in the Cienega Creek area and make adjustments. Join Catlow Shipek, WMG's Policy & Technical Director, and Charlie Alcorn, Program Manager and Educator, to assess how erosion control features at the...
The Santa Cruz River Watershed is not the same as it was just a few decades ago. So much of it has changed, however we rarely hear stories of what it looked like as it was changing, or how the community experienced these changes. There are gaps in the written record about the community's connection to the Santa Cruz River and its tributaries, particularly with their response to the decline...
We have two upcoming tank installations, and we would love your help for them!Tucson Co-op Workshop: Tank Install, All Hands on Deck! Friday, November 5, from 7:00am to 12:00pmTucson Co-op Workshop: Thank You Tank Crew! Saturday, November 13, from 7:00am to 12:00pmAfter some weeks without any tank installs, we have two workshops coming up where you can get experience installing rain tanks and...
We are overflowing with gratitude for everyone who donated to make our summer fundraising campaign a success! The WMG community turned out to support our work and allow us to continue spreading practical and effective water solutions through education, conservation, and advocacy initiatives.We hope you’ll attend one of our many classes and events that we’re able to hold this fall as a result of...
On August 26, we had a thought-provoking and grounding River Run Network event where we learned about the perspectives and ancestral knowledge of rivers from two local leaders: Josefina Cardenas of Barrio Kroeger Lane, and David Tenario of the San Xavier District of the Tohono O'odham Nation.Josefina got us started by speaking about the spiritual significance of the Santa Cruz River as well as...
If you live in Tucson, you want basins. They grow tasty food, cool down our landscape, lessen noise pollution, are beautiful, and survive from storing the rain! We know how cool they are, so we are giving out Basin Kits for free! Sign up for the Virtual Build Your Own Basin (BYOB) class on October 26 or the in-person BYOB on October 30, and you can come pick yours up. Wondering what a...
A Tucson family with their Build Your Own Basin (BYOB) kit
We're back with a second round of Build Your Own Basin (BYOB) workshops this fall! Basins are the containers that catch rainfall and support the growth of rain gardens - stunning ecosystems of plants and trees that help clean and recharge groundwater, provide habitat for native species, cool homes and sidewalks, and reduce flooding.Sign up for an upcoming fall workshop here!We're also seeking...
9/2/21Water is essential to all life. And yet, in the Sonoran Desert, a century of poor management of our waters means that many human, animal, and plant communities don’t have the water they need. Drought and climate change have made this crisis even worse, and for the first time ever, a water shortage was declared last month for the Colorado River⁠—which provides most of Tucson’s current...
Our River Heritage: The Story of Tucson’s Rivers and our Future LegacyThursday, August 26th @ 5:30p.m. - 6:30p.m.RegisterIn this virtual event, learn about the rich heritage of our arroyos, creeks, and rivers and the value that water holds for the peoples of Southern Arizona. In particular, we acknowledge the indigenous communities that have respected and stewarded our rivers for thousands of...
Do you have extra native plants, tools, or other items that could help someone else in our community build their own rain garden? We are now seeking donations for our fall BYOB community swap! Help create more native rain gardens in our community by dropping off your donations at WMG's Living Lab & Learning Center!Just drop off any of these plants and/or materials at our Living Lab on...
Volunteers after group trash cleanup.
River Run Network Beautification Event: Clean Up Este Wash!Register HereSaturday, August 7, 2021 - 7:00am to 9:00amEste Wash runs through a neighborhood on the east side of Tucson, connected to the Pantano River—an important and beautiful part of our watershed. With our recent rains, the Pantano River has been flowing frequently this month! This flow will take more than water and...
Rain Garden Care Handbook
Desert rain gardens do more than just harvest rain - they are living, ecological systems that improve the health of our environment, and help to reduce flooding, water native plants and trees, grow food plants, sink rain into our aquifer, keep pollution out of our groundwater, create habitat, shade and cool our city streets and buildings, and beautify our homes and neighborhoods. ...

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