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Monsoon Movie Night graphic.

This Is Tucson


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...

Blue Moon Community Garden

Tucson Sentinel


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

PBS NewsHour


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

WMG Docent Dan Stormont gives a public tour of a 10,000-gallon cistern at the Living Lab.

Arizona Daily Star


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

Kids use a tippy tap at the Living Lab.

This Is Tucson


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

Illustration of a Laundry-To-Landscape greywater system in action.

The Desert Leaf


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

The entrance to Cultural Ecologist Joaquin Murrieta's backyard.

Arizona Public Media


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

Volunteers digging at a schoolyard program workday.



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...

Student volunteer at Arundo removal workday.

Arizona Illustrated


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

Luis providing rain garden at workshop.

The Fountain Hills Times


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...

The Welcome Center at WMG's Living Lab with rain gardens.

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

A ciénega during the Mexico beaver survey.



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

Volunteers at a co-op workshop.

The Fountain Hills Times


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

Beaver survey group looks over a bank at the San Pedro River.

Arizona Republic


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

Docent Sally Sherman leads a Living Lab tour in front of the chicken coop at the Living Lab.

Arizona Public Media


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

The sign at the Living Lab.

Arizona Daily Star


In your garden

• If you had a live Christmas tree, now is a great time to plant it!

• Bare root plants such as deciduous fruit trees and roses can be planted this month.

• Mulch to prevent weeds and for general soil... Read more

WMG's Cultural Ecologist Joaquin Murrieta-Saldivar holds a pitcher at Rainwater on Tap.

Tucson Foodie


You’ve got your Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and then Cyber Monday, but you can’t forget about Giving Tuesday — the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. From 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30, Watershed Management Group is gettin’... Read more

Executive Director Lisa Shipek speaks to Arizona Public Media at the Living Lab.

Arizona Public Media


One organization, Watershed Management Group, is teaching Tucsonans how to manage water in the desert. Tony Paniagua reports on how the group is making efforts attainable. Read more...

A black-and-white photo of a historic river.

Arizona Daily Star


Think of five years worth of Tucson Water’s annual deliveries to 739,000 people.

That’s how much water, totaling about 500,000 acre-feet, that leaders of the three Colorado River Lower Basin states hope to soon find ways to save each year... Read more

Art for the Desert Living Home Tour by local Tucson artist, Lano Romero Dash.

This Is Tucson


A local nonprofit hopes you'll leave their next event feeling inspired to create your own “sustainable oasis” at home regardless of experience level or budget.

Tucsonans can check out creative, environmentally friendly and sustainable... Read more