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The Ball-Paylore house is not only an iconic piece of Tucson’s 1950 modern architecture, but a critical precedent that set the stage for sustainable architecture throughout the southwest. Designed by “Tucson’s pioneer of solar design,” Arthur T Brown, the home stands apart from many of its modern counterparts through its innovative design - harmonizing with the sun’s rays to provide passive solar...
What better thing to do over spring break than install a rain tank and garden? These mid-town homeowners couldn't agree more. They're ready to build some rain garden accents, supplemented by water from a 1,000 gallon rain tank, and they need your help! Come practice plumbing and aesthetic design skills with friends and neighbors. Led by Project Manager Madeline Ryder.N Country Club Rd & Lee...
Midvale Wild Flowers
Join Trevor Hare and local residents at our very first floodplain restoration project site in Midvale Park. This project took an overlooked, barren site and added basins, stormwater, and plantings to turn the empty space into a riot of plants. We will clean out tumbleweed and buffelgrass to make more room for the amazing growth of native plants. It really is a riot!Register Here
Interested in learning (or honing) your tank installation skills? Then come join this central homeowner in setting up their first of what we hope to be two tanks! This straightforward project is a great opportunity for understanding the basics of active rainwater harvesting. Led by Project Manager Madeline Ryder.Saturday, February 22, 2020 - 8:00am to 1:00pmN Mountain Ave...
WMG's Water Harvesting Design and Certification course offers tangible skills in design and installation as well as life-changing inspiration to fuel your career and personal goals. The curriculum provides detailed instruction on water-harvesting systems, planning, design, and installation for retrofitting urban areas.See full course details.Register HereGeneral Course ScheduleSunday, March 8,...
River Run Network Creek Walk
Bike the Cañada del Oro with Trevor and Lauren and learn about this important tributary to the Santa Cruz River. We will start at the Pima County Regional Flood Control District's Neffson site, where WMG was contracted to design and implement restorative stormwater harvesting practices. Then we head north along the Loop to Catalina State Park (5 miles) to visit a small rainwater harvesting...
At this Earthworks workshop, we are going big. Volunteers will dive into passive water harvesting at this home in the north by helping shape basins in the front and back yard and planting shade around two paths that allow water to flow across their yard. Don't hesitate, help the water infiltrate and sign up for this great workshop. Led by Green Infrastructure Specialist...
Join us on Saturday, January 25th from 8am-1pm for this Tucson Co-op Workshop. These home-owners are relatively new to the west and are already feeling a strong sense of stewardship over their west-side home. First came the pool cover, now they're ready to install two tanks - totalling 4,000 gallons - to capture the rain for their fruit trees and gardens. If you're itching to practice your...
WMG's Living Lab & Learning Center
WMG’s Living Lab and Learning Center is our cream of the crop demonstration site and beats the pants off LEED standards! WMG's interactive tours showcase our property's water and energy conservation systems in detail, and will inspire ideas for your own home!Learn more and check out the schedule of tours here. 
At the Tucson Craft Beer Crawl you can sample beer from local and regional breweries as you explore downtown Tucson on-foot. Purchase your ticket and you will get a map, wristband and tasting glass to use while you check out some of the awesome breweries and bars downtown. We are seeking volunteers for the Tucson Craft Beer Crawl. Contact Charlie Alcorn at calcorn@...
Whoa, beaver dam! We’ve pulled out all the stops for our year-end video spoof  – remaking the #1 song of the year – Old Town Road – a country rap song that topped the charts for a record-breaking 19 weeks. Whether you’ve heard it 100 times or you’ve miraculously dodged pop culture and missed it, I guarantee you’ll be singing along to our version. The beavers are counting on it!This video is...
At the close of a decade, we’re sharing WMG’s most significant accomplishments of the 2010s, made possible by you—our steadfast donors, hard-working volunteers, and collaborative partners.  This decade has been marked both by great progress and growing division with social and environmental issues. During this time, the WMG community has been a hopeful and inclusive space, with boots on...
River Restoration Biologist Trevor Hare
"In response to Sunday’s article 'Dam shame: Beavers face 2nd extinction on San Pedro River,' I am disappointed to learn that neither the Bureau of Land Management nor the Arizona Game and Fish Department knows what is going on with the American beaver in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area. The reintroduction of the American beaver by BLM and AGFD 20 years ago along the San...
Photo courtesy of Technicians for Sustainability
If climate change is one of your concerns and saving the planet is one of your goals, the Watershed Management Group, or WMG, and the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club have organized a tour that you won’t want to miss: The 8th Annual Homescape Harvest Tour will highlight 14 local residential and schoolyard landscapes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Read more here!
A JTED student learns precision excavating for the project.
A young woman learns to operate heavy machinery for precision excavating. A group of UA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture students create an award-winning rainwater harvesting design. A high school on Tucson’s southwest side gets a cooling landscape that no longer floods. Students at the Star Academic High School learn about rainwater capture, and its importance...
Curb cuts direct stormwater into streetside basins, or rain gardens, providing free irrigation for trees and other vegetation while reducing flooding and stormwater pollution.
It wasn’t too long ago when cutting curbs for capturing stormwater was illegal in Tucson. Only 15 years ago, rainwater harvesting rebels were breaking the law when retrofitting street side curbs to capture and funnel stormwater into basins to water trees and other vegetation.We’ve come a long way since then, but we still have a lot of ground to cover. Tucson governmental organizations are being...
WMG's Summer 2019 Newsletter
What is the impact of one rain garden or of one green infrastructure workshop? When does the number of installed rain gardens reach a tipping point and make a measurable, large-scale change in a community?Tucson is sitting at that tipping point. WMG, along with many other grassroots groups, neighborhoods and families, have been installing rain gardens and green infrastructure projects across...
One of WMG’s standard roadway designs created for Avondale’s Street Tree Master Plan.
Arizona cities are increasingly looking to incorporate green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) into their roadway designs to boost urban forestry and complete streets goals while conserving municipal water supplies. WMG has been on the cutting edge of this evolution as – for the last decade – we’ve worked with municipalities statewide to break down barriers in implementing GSI. We’ve done this by...
Volunteers needed for restoration workshops.
Watershed Management Group and Pima County Flood Control District are working on a restoration project along the Rillito River, and need volunteers to help with plantings on Saturday, August 24, from 7 a.m. to noon. WMG’s River Restoration Biologist Trevor Hare and Project Designer Nicole Casebeer will lead volunteers in creating a native plant oasis to help restore the Rillito River'...
A Cooper's Hawk wades in the water. Photo by Julius Schlosburg
We were so excited to witness the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project come online on Monday, June 24 when Tucson Water introduced a ribbon of recycled water to the Santa Cruz River south of downtown! This is an important, and historic, step in WMG's goals to restore flow to Tucson's rivers and streams. Learn more about our restoration work at Watershedmg.org/RRN and check out...
Creek Walks Inspire
"Creek Walks Inspire" is The Desert Leaf's cover story for July! Lee Allen wrote a wonderful piece about WMG's River Run Network Creek Walks and our work to restore the flow to Tucson's rivers and streams.Read all about it! "Waste Not" is a piece by Arizona Public Media reporter Tony Paniagua, aired on Arizona Illustrated. It's all about composting toilets and how to put human "waste" to...
2018 Impact Report
Check out highlights of our work in 2018, and learn more about our programs and efforts to build community and restore desert rivers and streams!From our collaborative work with Pima County Regional Flood Control District, to features on our amazing volunteers, WMG's work in the Phoenix Valley and our 50-year vision to restore flowing water to desert rivers - you can read all about it here!
Pima County and WMG work together to sink stormwater into the CDO floodplain.
2018 was a good year for river restoration, with WMG’s boots on the ground at four major sites including along Ciénega Creek, Tanque Verde Creek, Cañada del Oro River, and the Santa Cruz River. Thanks to a dynamic partnership with the Pima County Regional Flood Control District, WMG’s river restoration team is planning and implementing restoration features to reclaim floodplains, re-establish...
Bernadette Eichelberger
Bernadette Eichelberger first got involved with WMG in early 2018, and jumped in with both feet! She was one of WMG’s Green Living Co-op top hour-earners – volunteering 53 hours of her time at 11 different Co-ops in 2018. She says she enjoys the workshops because she appreciates “the people, their friendliness and commitment to the environment.”Bernadette’s connection to WMG began with her...

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