‘HYDRO-LOCAL’ APPROACH TO WATER MANAGEMENT
Cities are also seeking to better capture and manage their precipitation, such as by requiring residents to collect rainwater.
For example, the Arizona city of Tucson, in the country’s... Read more
“Everyone should be doing this,” said Lisa Shipek, executive director for Water Management Group. The organization has been a cornerstone for expanding the practice in Tucson and in inspiring green infrastructure policy.
Shipek said... Read more
Efforts to remove invasive giant reed in Arizona rivers and lakes continues with Department of Forestry grants
When Arundo grows, it creates a root base around native plants, causing an uplift by raising plants and disrupting the natural floodplain, said Lauren Monheim, program manager for Watershed Management Group’s River Run Network. “It also changes... Read more
It’s hard to believe that the North American beaver was once so ubiquitous in Southern Arizona that fur trappers in the 1800s used to refer to the San Pedro as Beaver River.
Those same trappers are the reason the animals went extinct in... Read more
Back in Tucson, advocates for rain harvesting like Lisa Shipek are hoping the practice will spread as residents see its benefits.
The executive director of Watershed Management Group, a Tucson-based NGO, has built a showcase in her own... Read more
Head to Watershed Management Group for a night of short films that celebrate monsoon rain, plus learn more about rainwater harvesting. There will also be a food truck, craft beer and rainwater iced tea! More...
A recent study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition ranked Arizona among the five worst states for affordable housing, with just 26 available options for every 100 extremely low income households.
Amid this crisis, state... Read more
Last year set a record for heat-related deaths in the United States, and this year is already shaping up to be worse in terms of high temperatures. Stephanie Sy reports from Phoenix in Maricopa County, Arizona, which has been at the center of... Read more
Local water conservation advocates Val Little and Eliza Stokes say the city needs to take additional steps to protect drinking water supplies from future uncertainties in river flows.
Little, founder of the nonprofit Water Conservation... Read more
Head to Watershed Management Group for Family Saturdays! Learn about greywater and conservation, plus enjoy bilingual story time and a scavenger hunt, and build your own tippy tap. Bring any sturdy gallon jugs you may have at home for your tippy... Read more
Even better is to use captured rainwater for irrigation. One organization that works to expand knowledge of how to do that is Tucson's Watershed Management Group (WMG).
"Watershed Management Group's Living Lab and Learning Center in... Read more
Dr. Joaquin Murrieta-Saldivar’s backyard is a laboratory of sorts.
From cisterns to a composting toilet, he has put to use a range of methods for making the most of the water that falls on Tucson.
The goal is not just to save water... Read more
TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — With water levels in Lake Mead and the Colorado River at record lows, a group at Pueblo High School is looking at harnessing the power of rain water. More...
We join volunteers with Watershed Management Group as they attempt to remove Arundo donax (giant reed), from Tanque Verde Creek in east Tucson. Arundo is classified as a noxious weed by the state of Arizona and can out-compete native plants for... Read more
Learn how to create a shady, butterfly friendly, food-producing landscape supported by rainwater. The final class is Sonoran Desert Edibles and will be held Thursday, March 10, at 6 p.m. More...
Sustainable Waters: Solutions in a Time of Scarcity
Nearly a decade ago, I was introduced to some of the amazing staff and volunteers at the Watershed Management Group in Tucson, Arizona. As they showed me around their “Living Lab and Learning Center” and I saw how they were capturing rainwater in... Read more
Schools are back from winter break as the omicron variant continues to surge in Arizona. We’ll hear from a teacher about going back to the classroom. Plus, the story of Black farmers in the Southwest and how some of them are looking to return to... Read more
Watershed Management Group is presenting a series of free classes on personal water management practices for Fountain Hills residents beginning in January. Learn how to create a shady, butterfly friendly, food-producing landscape supported by... Read more
SAN PEDRO RIVER — On a cloudy December Saturday, a group of wildlife enthusiasts met on a dirt pull-off in southern Arizona to embark on a mission. Wide-eyed and unified, the cadre of researchers, advocates, professors and students had... Read more
On a Saturday morning in early December, Sally Sherman sat on the porch of a house that the Watershed Management Group uses as an office. Next to a garden of fruit trees in front of her were about ten people sitting in the shade and listening.... Read more