Desert dwellers love a good rain, but cities long considered stormwater runoff a nuisance. Cities built massive infrastructures to drain it away quickly before it could flood streets and yards. In the Phoenix Metro Area most storm drain systems... Read more
Today at City Hall in downtown Tucson, the Mayor and City Council will hold a public hearing on the potential water rate increases for Tucson Water customers. (...)
Tucson Water says water conservation can save a homeowner ten percent on... Read more
Sun Rideshare is offering up incentives to use alternate modes of transportation.
The Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to release new pollution standards in October, which could potentially put Tucson in non-attainment if it... Read more
There are plenty of books that say so.
But not everybody composts their waste to fertilize their trees.
That’s why Watershed Management Group has written a children’s book for preschool and elementary-age... Read more
A coalition of state environmental, community and business groups, including the Sierra Club, Tierra Y Libertad Organization, Robert Bulechek Energy Management, Borderlands Brewing Co., Solar Possibilities Consulting, Sustainable Tucson, Casa... Read more
Heavy rain floods the midtown street where Ronni and Roland Kotwica live, causing water to lap close to the front door.
“We get inundated with water,” Ronni Kotwica explains. Two years ago they laid sandbags in front of their house... Read more
Randy Young, a Tucson general contractor and master auto mechanic, is working on a rainwater-harvesting modular system of concrete walls that could be built throughout the landscape.
Young calls his idea Walls 2.0, which could turn “... Read more
The City of Glendale’s Water Services Department, Conservation and Sustainability Division known for its award-winning programs took home another honor. Glendale received top ranking in the 2014 Water Resource Center’s “Catch the Rain”... Read more
Small businesses and people who carve curb cuts in front of their homes can likely start getting rebates for water harvesting sometime before July 2015, a Tucson Water spokesman says.
By unanimous vote, the Tucson City Council agreed... Read more
Tucsonans on the cutting edge of desert-lands conservation opened their yards and businesses last weekend to show off their water harvesting systems, solar energy features, outdoor showers and even their composting toilets.
Watershed... Read more
The chile peppers, lettuce and kale growing in a wire mesh pen in Scott Mencke’s backyard garden show rainwater harvesting at its best.
All were nourished with rainwater stored in a 3,000-gallon, 8-foot-tall, 8-foot diameter steel cistern... Read more
Have you ever wondered what it takes to install a water harvesting system for your landscape? Is it a do-it-yourself project, or would you be better off hiring someone? How much water can you save?
And just how practical is a home solar... Read more
Three Simple Systems for $50 or Less
By Lisa Shipek
WHEN YOU USE GREYWATER, you can turn the drudgery of household chores into gardening. My husband and I joke about doing dishes: “Whose turn is it to water the pomegranate?” I love... Read more
Get to know Watershed Management Group including their co-op program, water harvesting design and construction services, and new living lab and learning center in central Tucson.
Prescott Creeks & Watershed Management Group will be hosting two upcoming workshops on Rain Gardens and Green Infrastructure.
Saturday, May 17 from 9 am – 3 pm at the (1280 E Rosser St) will be a workshop on Rain Gardens in the... Read more
The Xeriscape Demonstration Garden in front of the Glendale Main Library was fairly cutting edge when unveiled in 1992.
Over the years, though, city officials and those who maintained the garden realized rainwater headed down its slopes... Read more
Thanks to a public workshop, Sierra Vista’s city complex now shows off not only active rainwater harvesting but also passive techniques that put stormwater to work, while also cleaning it before it reaches the San Pedro River.
On Friday, a... Read more
Clean and dependable water is a valuable resource in desert environments like Southern Arizona.
Watershed Management Group - a local, nonprofit organization, whose main goal is to educate the public, and help them connect with the... Read more
It's been common to turn garden plants or kitchen scraps into compost, but some people in Tucson are working on a program to try to convert human waste into a safe and effective alternative for compost.
Members of Watershed Management... Read more
From a rooftop swamp cooler watering a desert hackberry to a ferrocement cistern that holds 1,300 gallons of water, Saturday’s third annual Home-Scape Tour covers a wide variety of water-harvesting systems.
The systems at the self-guided... Read more