This week on Arizona Illustrated…the Desert Living Home Tour takes us to some of Tucson’s most energy and water-efficient residences
On an overcast November morning, volunteers got to work to restore local river flow.
Drought and decreasing water availability have been ongoing problems throughout Arizona. In Tucson, drought along with new land developments are causing... Read more
TUCSON – On an overcast November morning, volunteers got to work to restore local river flow.
Drought and decreasing water availability have been ongoing problems throughout Arizona. In Tucson, drought along with new land developments... Read more
As classical piano music offers a backdrop, and a half-dozen horses and their riders walk down middle Tanque Verde Creek, Tucson Water Director John Kmiec says on video:
“Water is the foundation of our existence. It is the very essence... Read more
In the year and a half that I’ve been running Tucson Foodie, I’ve spent most of my time connecting to people — restaurant owners, chefs, artisans, etc. But food systems aren’t just made up of people, and lately, I’ve been feeling a pull to... Read more
TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Tucked away at the busy intersection of Alvernon and Speedway is Watershed Management Group. The serene campus is covered with food-producing plants and trees that juxtapose the rubber smells coming from the tire shop... Read more
TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — When Lisa Shipek gets a drink of water at the Watershed Management Group’s living lab, she’s drinking filtered rainwater.
It comes from a faucet that uses less water, which is just one of the water efficient... Read more
‘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
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...