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At the Living Lab we maintain our CTs on a weekly basis. All staff, interns and docents get a chance to learn about this important part of doing away with flush toilets. 
River Run Network Tanque Verde Flow & FeastSaturday, March 25th @ 1pm - 6pmRegisterWMG’s signature River Run Network event features creek walks, creekside picnic, and group work party tackling the invasive species Arundo donax. Like many creeks and rivers in the Tucson region, this sensitive riparian area once flowed for most of the year. Arundo is harmful because it drinks up to 3-4 times as...
charlie kgun9 rebate class
A few days ago, WMG's Program Manager and Educator, Charlie Alcorn and Candice Rupprecht, Water Conservation Manager of Tucson Water, were interviewed by KGUN9, a Tucson's local news channel. They mentioned Tucson Water's Rebate Program and the monthly classes WMG offers for the community interested in conserving water and applying for a rebate.“Here you’ll see examples of all the...
tanque verde flow
WMG is one of three winners of the Colorado River Basin Water Scarcity Challenge, offered by The Gates and Walton Family Foundations. The selected organizations will work with Quantified Ventures (QV) – at no charge, thanks to grant funding – to design, finance, and scale investible, cost-effective solutions that deliver beneficial outcomes for Colorado River Basin ecosystems and communities.WMG...
Our vision to restore heritage flows to our desert rivers is more important than ever. Massive cuts of Colorado River water supplies to Western communities are a call to action for us to steward our local water supplies instead of depleting distant watersheds. That’s why we're thrilled to share more about our work along the Tanque Verde Creek, a story that gives us hope for the future of our...
Now is a great time to give to support our Release the Beavers campaign. It is more important than ever to slow and recharge more water into our aquifer—for local, sustainable water supplies in response to Colorado River shortages and drought. Healthy beaver populations play a key role in slowing water and encouraging it to sink in. When you donate to our year-end campaign, you ensure we can...
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The Learning Center will ensure WMG's experiential education programs can be expanded to accommodate regular school groups, family activities, professional collaborations, and the unique needs of today's in-person and virtual classes.   The final major buildout of the Living Lab and Learning Center is currently underway, with the addition of the Learning Center, a multi-purpose space...
(Español abajo)My name is Matthew Jensen. I’m the River Run Network Intern with Watershed Management Group here in Tucson. Every day, I wake up, I go to class, go to work, and live my life. Every day, I drink lots of water because everyone needs water to live. When I was younger, it was easy to think that water was almost infinite, all I had to do was turn on the sink and there it was. Even now,...
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Western communities face massive water cuts in the coming years, making WMG’s work more relevant than ever. Your donation today ensures we can scale-up our conservation solutions and watershed restoration efforts. Together, we can take water conservation to the next level, shifting people from water consumers to water stewards: recharging our aquifer, restoring our rivers, and caring for our...
Our fall newsletter is hot off the press! Is it time to pack our bags and leave Tucson? What can be done at the policy level to respond to the Colorado River shortage? How many days of flow were there in Tanque Verde Creek last year, how can you go hydro-local at home, and what opportunities is WMG offering to get involved and learn more?Read about all of this and more in our fall 2022 newsletter...
Tanque Verde Creek at sunrise
Right now, the massive Colorado River water storage system is in crisis and facing the potential of total failure — a “dead pool” scenario where Lake Mead water levels drop so low they are unable to deliver water to Tucson and people across the West. In August, Tucson moved up from a Tier 1 to a Tier 2 Colorado River shortage, triggering additional drought response measures. But have these...
(Español abajo) Bring the kids to Family Saturday at the Living Lab for our youth workday. This event is free for the whole family on Saturday, December 17 from 9:00am - 12:00pm. For this month’s featured activity, participate in a variety of gardening give back service activities including pruning, mulching, litter pick up, and harvesting yummy native edible plants. Schedule:9:...
Rainwater On Tap 2022.
Giving TuesdayRainwater on Tap Happy HourTuesday, November 29th5:30p.m. – 8:30p.m.Living Lab, 1137 N Dodge BlvdOnline registration closes at 4pm 11/29. Tickets available at the door.Get Your Tickets Here Enjoy rainwater refreshments at our 7th annual Rainwater on Tap Happy Hour on Giving Tuesday! You'll be in great company with live music and dancing from The Out of Kilters, innovative...
The River Run Network is starting a recurring monthly initiative to help remove trash and continue to care for our creeks and rivers. Join us along the Rillito River, Pantano Creek, Santa Cruz River throughout the year as we clean up along the river and share more of this beauty with others.As tributaries to the Santa Cruz River, it is important to keep trash and invasive species out of these...
Guess That Arroyo Tucson
(Español abajo)Did you used to play in the washes as a child, hide from your parents in them as a teenager, explore them in college, or forget about them as an adult?Maybe you've already read about Guess That Arroyo on WMG's events calendar, or participated in a bike ride and/or creek walk with WMG's River Run Network. If not, that's okay! We have created this space so you can share your stories...
2nd Annual Bi-National Beaver Survey: San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA)Saturday, November 19th @ 9am - 4pmSaturday, December 3rd @ 9am - 4pmThrough the River Run Network, WMG has been working to survey beaver populations along the San Pedro River on both sides of the border, and you can help! Beavers are one of the best local helpers for restoring desert creeks and rivers,...
Guess That Arroyo Bike Ride
Thank you very much for sharing your stories with us. The time to send more stories is over and now we are working on editing, translating and printing the book Guees That Arroyo: Tucson. We will be in touch with everyone who shared their stories and the River Run Network community with the date and time of the book's release.~Muchas gracias por compartir tus historias con nosotros. Se acabó el...
The Tanque Verde Creek has been a focal point of the River Run Network's restoration efforts since 2016. We started a multi-year effort to remove invasive Arundo donax from Tanque Verde Creek in 2021, thanks to grant funding from Arizona State Forestry. Arundo is harmful because it drinks up to 3-4 times as much water as native desert plants, crowds out native species and habitat, and...
hydro local composting toilets
Ever wondered about putting in a composting toilet? Well here is your behind the scenes look into composting toilet maintenance. It’s not glamorous per se, but it’s a vital part to going massively hydro-local. Imagine no longer flushing away precious gallons of clean, potable water and getting an ultra high quality, free, on site fertilizer. ~Magic~Watch the new Hydro-Local at Home video,...
The Tanque Verde Challenge Continues ~ Help Us Remove Invasive Arundo and Restore the Flow!Join WMG’s River Run Network in continuing our effort to completely remove invasive Arundo from Tanque Verde Creek!Since winter 2021, we’ve been hosting volunteer work days to remove Arundo donax, a thirsty invasive plant that drinks up to 3-4 times as much water as native plants and crowds out native...
(Español abajo)The Tanque Verde Bosque in East Tucson is a shallow groundwater area, meaning there is groundwater flowing within 50 feet below the ground. The groundwater is in a small aquifer constrained by bedrock, which helps push the water towards the surface and allows for quick recharge and more surface flow. The creek is fed by rainfall and snowmelt that flows down the Catalina and Rincon...
restore the flow
(Español abajo)Check out our new graphic of the Tanque Verde Creek here in Tucson, which indicates the 3 ways we are working with the community to restore the flow of this beautiful creek. Click on the image to make it larger.You can Subscribe to our Tucson Action Bulletin to receive an email every week with information about the different workshops we offer so we can get into action...
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Update: Early registration for tickets closes at 3:30p.m. today!Inviting all monsoon lovers to an evening of short films celebrating the summer rains and rainwater harvesting in action.Come watch locally-produced films on our outdoor big screen at WMG's Living Lab (1137 N Dodge Blvd) on September 27th from 6-9pm, culminating in our feature presentation of Water Harvester: An Invitation to...
Sustainable features at the Stevenson's residence.
Watershed Management Group is excited to announce this year’s Desert Living Home Tour on Saturday, October 22nd from 10a.m. - 3p.m.! Now in its 11th year, we’re showcasing creative and sustainable yards, homes, and community spaces for all experience levels and budgets in Tucson and the Phoenix Valley. In the face of the Colorado River shortage, there’s never been a better time to see water...

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