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River Run Network Creek Walk: Arundo in the Tanque Verde Creek

Event Date:
Saturday, August 20, 2022 - 8:00am to 10:00am
Event Address:
Tanque Verde Creek and Wentworth Rd
Tucson, AZ 85749

The Tanque Verde Creek in East Tucson is a beautiful riparian oasis. With seasonal flows lasting 288 days (July 2021–May 2022), the area is full of life: plants, animals, and humans! Come along with Lauren Monheim, WMG’s River Run Network Program Manager and Jim Washburne, WMG’s Senior Project Manager to walk through the creek. We might even see flow!

One of the things you’ll learn on this creek walk is that Tanque Verde Creek – like many of our other creeks – is inhabited by some invasive species. WMG has received funding to remove one of these species, Arundo donax (also known as giant reed), from the Tanque Verde. 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 increases the risk of flooding and wildfire. By removing Arundo, the River Run Network is helping to restore groundwater levels and surface flow in the Tanque Verde.

Join us to experience the creek firsthand, see the work other River Run Network Members have already done to remove Arundo, and learn how you can help too!

This event is organized through WMG’s River Run Network. If you are not yet a member, we will add you to the Network when you register for this event. RRN membership is free and gives you access to a variety of virtual, dispersed, and physically-distanced events including creek walks, restoration activities, river cleanups, and educational workshops.