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Working in Flowing Wells: Reducing Flooding through Community Projects

Planting work in Flowing WellsHave you noticed big machinery digging large basins, and groups of people shoveling dirt, planting trees, and spreading mulch along Shannon Road in the Flowing Wells Neighborhood? 

This is Watershed Management Group (WMG) and its team of volunteers - thanks to funding from Pima County - working to reduce flooding by creating places for the stormwater to go when it rains. So instead of the streets and homes flooding, the stormwater will sink into the ground and help raise the groundwater table - while creating a shady, beautiful community space for the Flowing Wells Neighborhood. Read more about the project - and resources especially designed for Flowing Wells residents - below*, and please join us for these upcoming community events! 

Shannon Road Planting Party - August 10, 2019
Get to know the neighbors and play in the dirt as we do the finishing work for the rain gardens along North Shannon Road and West Palmyra Street. Click on the dates for more details and to sign up for some good old-fashion sweaty fun! Saturday, August 10 @ 7 a.m.-noon. 

Rainwater Harvesting Rebate Class - September 28, 2019
This free class is available only for Flowing Wells residents! It includes an exciting introduction to rainwater harvesting at your home, and provides info about our free consultation services. Click on the date for details and to register. Saturday, September 28 @ 9 a.m.-noon at Flowing Wells Library, 1730 W Wetmore Rd.

Flowing Waters Historic Creek Walk: From Farms to River Restoration - October 26, 2019
Join WMG Staff and authors Kevin Daily (President of Flowing Wells Neighborhood Association) and Marie Daily, for a historic neighborhood walk. We'll learn about the past, present, and future of Flowing Wells’ waters and the important community that developed around them. Click on the date for details and to register. Saturday, October 26 @ 9 a.m.-noon at North Shannon Road and West Palmyra Street.

 

*What is happening?

The Shannon Road project is helping channel stormwater from the adjacent roadway into rainwater harvesting basins to reduce flooding while creating a shady, beautiful community space for the Flowing Wells Neighborhood. The design converts the currently barren and hot public right-of-way into a series of rain gardens along North Shannon Road that will support a lush array of native plants.  

Why is this happening?

The rain gardens along North Shannon Road will function as green infrastructure (GI) to control stormwater. GI mimics natural systems that will direct stormwater to the rain gardens instead of the water flowing into this street. This will that benefit the environment and the community in many ways!

  • Reduce Flooding: 13,000 square feet of rainwater harvesting basins to capture stormwater run-off
  • Create Shade & Help Cool the Street: 57 new shade trees
  • Create Native Habitat: 500 new native grasses, shrubs & succulents to attract urban wildlife
  • Beautify the Neighborhood: Improve property values & community pride
  • Empower & Educate: Help the surrounding community learn more about how to harvest the rain in their own homes!
     

How are we doing it? 

The design was developed in collaboration with the Flowing Wells Neighborhood Association and is being implemented in partnership with Pima County's Department of Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation. We are currently working with neighbors and volunteers from Flowing Wells and beyond to finish the work!

Resources for Flowing Wells Neighbors

Free Rainwater Harvesting Home Visits: Are you interested in saving money on your water and energy bills? Dream of a beautiful and affordable yard? Schedule a free rainwater harvesting home visit with us! Home visits are completely FREE and include:

  • A walk-through of your property with a WMG Designer
  • A design plan and rough cost-estimate
  • Education and referrals including:
    • Financing resources (including available grants & rebates if you are a Tucson Water customer)
    • DIY tools and information
    • Co-operative workshops with neighbors

Contact Nicole Casebeer at ncasebeer@watershedmg.org or 520-396-3266 x5 for details.