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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

WMG's Policy & Technical Director Catlow Shipek teaching a group.

Arizona Daily Star


We are members of the Tucson community writing to remind readers that a thriving Tucson area depends on a secure water future. Recent articles in this paper have highlighted the unusually low water levels along the Colorado River, which have... Read more

Fort Lowell neighborhood mesquite grove irrigation canal

AZ Daily Star


For well over a century, the Corbett Irrigation Ditch carried water from Tanque Verde Creek to the old Fort Lowell neighborhood, where it nourished farmland and helped to sustain a thick forest of native velvet mesquite trees. Now a group of... Read more

Environmental Health News


Reflecting on her childhood, Tucson, Ariz., Mayor Regina Romero points to her father as the figure who lit an environmentalist fire within her.

Any chance he'd get, Romero's father would take his wife and six kids to an 800-acre ranch in... Read more

Arizona Daily Star


The beaver population on the San Pedro River increased by one Friday with the release of a transplant that was trapped by a pest control company along Oak Creek southwest of Sedona.

Rather than kill the “nuisance animal,” Steven Martin... Read more

Arizona Republic


Under cover of darkness, beavers are swimming through tranquil pools in the San Pedro River. They're gnawing on tree trunks. They're building dams.

We know this because of the work of volunteers who have recently walked miles along the... Read more

Inside Tucson Business


The mission of Local First Arizona (LFA) is to build equitable systems for Arizona’s local businesses and communities that create a vibrant, inclusive and sustainable Arizona economy by strengthening, supporting and celebrating entrepreneurship,... Read more

Tucson Local Media


Thousands of beavers once populated Southern Arizona’s rivers, with frontiersman James Ohio Pattie dubbing the San Pedro River as “Beaver River.” But the animals were hunted and trapped to extermination in the 1800s and early 1900s. However, in... Read more

Arizona Daily Star


If you picked the Beavers in your bracket, you can probably forget about winning your office basketball pool.

But if you’re betting on the beavers along the San Pedro River, you’re still in luck.

A Tucson-based environmental group... Read more

Tucson Weekly


The nonprofit saw a dramatic drop in the number of volunteers who are vital to the organization’s operations.

But the organization reacted quickly to the changing conditions brought about by the pandemic.

“We're coming up on our... Read more



The scene outside Tucson city council's ward 3 office in late February motivated longtime resident Brian Ellis to post images to Facebook.

The images showed a series of before and after scenes of the garden of native vegetation that... Read more

Arizona Daily Star


In your garden

You can sow or plant warmer-season flowers like sunflowers, hollyhocks, and coneflower. It’s a good time for transplanting cacti and succulents since our soils have warmed up. If you want ocotillo in your garden, April is a... Read more