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River Run Network Creek Walk: Santa Cruz River Flows in MaranaSaturday, October 9th 9am - 11amRegisterNot only has the Heritage Project in the downtown area been an amazing success, but the Santa Cruz has been flowing year round in Marana for many years because of the release of effluent flow. Come explore this area with Lauren Monheim, River Run Network Program Manager and Kathy Balman, the...
With your support, Watershed Management Group can help desert communities make the most of local rainfall, whether it’s a wet year like this one, a dry year like last year, or something in between. By harvesting rainwater, restoring native green spaces, and stewarding our rivers, we can replenish local water supplies and create resilient cities in a changing climate.To advance local water...
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...
BYOB Community Swap
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...
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 mulch, 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...
The Desert Home Living Tour—formerly known as the Homescape Harvest Tour—is a celebration of living in cooperation with the desert. Homes featured on this tour have found creative ways to harvest rainwater and solar energy to bring life and energy to their home and landscape. On this in-person and virtual tour will see sustainable practices of all shapes and sizes including - rain tanks,...
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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Rillito River Bats: River Run Network Creek Walk & Clean UpThursday, July 29, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:30pmRegister HereWatershed Management Group is partnering with Tucson Village Farm to host our family-friendly Bat Walk! The Rillito River is home to many different creatures that use Tucson’s watersheds and bridges as habitat. One of these cool critters is the Mexican Free-Tailed...
August 1st, 2021This summer, our Flow365 volunteers captured data showing by far the most river and creek flows we’ve ever recorded since starting this monitoring effort in 2016. The Rillito River has flowed for 67 days and counting this monsoon season, thanks to strong contributing flows from both the Tanque Verde Creek and the Pantano River! That’s a lot more flow than we’ve ever recorded...
We are working to make water harvesting accessible to everyone. If you qualify for the Rain Money Program, WMG will provide you a low-cost Project Plan package to get you a design for irrigating your landscape with rainwater and greywater. The Rain Money Program also allows us to install your rain tank or landscaping through our Green Living Co-op with a 50% discount on our staff labor....
Register today to save your spot!July 17 from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.¡Registrase hoy para reservar su espacio!El sabado 17 de julio a las 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.Join us in the shade for our bilingual story time on Saturday July 17th @ 9:00am! We will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar in English and Spanish, sing songs, and make a craft to take home. Family Saturdays are held at the Living Lab and Learning...
In May 2021, WMG visited the Las Ciénegas National Conservation Area, and found cows in the creek! We encouraged you, our members, to respond and tell the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) about this sighting, and there was an overwhelming response. Thank you to everyone who contacted BLM about the cows in the creek, you helped make a difference for this important...
Our virtual Field Studies are now being offered free of charge, to ensure everyone can benefit from WMG’s unique, educational offerings.Thinking about making use of your laundry water in your landscape? Learn how to plan and install a greywater Laundry-to-Landscape (L2L) system in this virtual class!Join us on Tuesday, August 10th at 5p.m. to learn How to Install a Laundry-to-Landscape Greywater...
A big congratulations to our WaterWRLD interns for completing our internship program! Wishing our 2020-2021 interns the best of luck as they continue to excel in their professional careers!Our interns, under the supervision of WMG staff, each completed a year-long project tailored to their interests.Amanda completed a zero-waste plan, where she identified areas we can generate less waste in our...
Hydrate the Valley has been bringing water harvesting education to Phoenix and surrounding cities since 2015. The five-class series is an introduction to water harvesting, permaculture design practices, native plant selection, greywater use, and other green practices focused on sustainable Sonoran Desert living. Hydrate the Valley classes went virtual in 2020, and for 2021 we are offering a...
Join the River Run NetworkHelp Restore the Flow!The River Run Network is a program that honors the 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 years and the Pascua Yaqui, Tohono O’odham, and Latino communities...
A Hikers' and Runners' Guide to Connect to PlaceTuesday, June 8, 2021 - 5:30pm to 7:00pmRegister How can we deepen our connections to natural and human communities through movement? As we run, hike, and recreate through expansive lands long stewarded by the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui, what can we learn to inform our own watershed health stewardship practice? Our speakers will inspire you to...
We want to celebrate everyone who helped dig basins and plant trees this spring. With the launch of our Build Your Own Basin (BYOB) kit distribution initiative this spring, we’ve distributed over 240 complimentary BYOB kits in March and April—sending folks home with native shade trees, native shrubs and wildflowers, and organic mulch!In addition to BYOB, we had planting events throughout April...
On Friday morning, WMG helped release a beaver into a new home along the San Pedro River. Critter Control, a private animal removal company in Northern Arizona, was called to remove a beaver along a river in the area because the landowners didn’t like the beaver chomping on their cottonwoods. Critter Control needed to find a new home for the beaver in short order, or the animal would...
Students learn to measure elevation in WMG's Water Harvesting Certification course.
*Our Fall 2021 course is now full. Please consider joining the waitlist or register for the Spring 2022 course.WMG's Water Harvesting Design Certification course provides professionals, educators, and community organizers with comprehensive instruction in water harvesting systems design and construction.Already working in a related field? Our certification course provides the highest quality and...

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