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Waste Not - Composting Toilets

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Waste Not, a new recycling trend in composting toilets puts human waste to work.


Photo by Julius Schlosburg

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A hundred years ago, waters flowed in creeks and rivers running through Tucson. Today, not so much.

River Run Network (RRN), a program of Watershed Management Group (WMG), is a group of people and organizations working collaboratively to... Read more

Tucsonans enjoying the waters flowing in the Santa Cruz River during the river release on Monday, June 24. Photo: Jamie Manser/Watershed Management Group

Arizona Public Media


Starting Monday, June 24, Tucson Water will begin the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project, reviving a historic stretch of the river near downtown Tucson.

Tucson Water will put as much as 2.8 million gallons of reclaimed water daily into a... Read more

Santa Cruz River near Speedway and Interstate 10. (KOLD News 13)

KOLD News 13


TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Hispanic Access Foundation, Watershed Management Group, 40 Pastors from the Tucson Evangelical Pastoral Association and Por la Creación Faith-based Alliance will celebrate the Santa Cruz River Heritage water release... Read more

WMG's Raindrop Retreat, available for kids of all ages to enjoy!

Arizona Daily Star



Living Lab and Learning Center Tour — Watershed Management Group, 1137 N. Dodge Blvd. Demonstration site for a variety of water harvesting and sustainable living practices for arid landscape living. Kids can enjoy the Raindrop... Read more

Paul Huber Middle School students. Photo by Bruce Whetten/Douglas Dispatch

Douglas Dispatch


Students at Paul Huber Middle School recently helped build a rain garden between one of the wings at their school on Washington Avenue.

What is a rain garden?

According to the internet, “A rain garden receives water from... Read more

Photo by Ron Medvescek/AZ Daily Star.

Arizona Daily Star


This week the world’s gardeners will talk about dirt. Or more specifically, compost.

It’s International Compost Awareness Week. To mark the occasion, some local experts offered tips on composting in the desert.

But first, some... Read more

Screenshot of TV story by AZ Family in Phoenix.

AZ Family


A fun and informative television story on rainwater harvesting at Glendale Public Library and WMG's Hydrate Glendale series. 



In celebration of Earth Day, 30 Minutes is proud to feature two stories from City High Radio, a youth radio program run by teacher Sarah Bromer at City High School in downtown Tucson.

Story 1: A Crisis in the Desert by Paloma Martinez... Read more

Watershed Management Group supports water and environmental conservation efforts. It is one of the nonprofits taking part in Arizona Gives Day. Photo: Jamie Manser/WMG

Arizona Daily Star


It’s a given that the first Tuesday in April has become known for giving in Arizona.

Arizona Gives Day became a thing six years ago; last year the 24-hour period of online giving raised more than $3.2 million for nonprofits statewide.... Read more

WMG Co-ops members celebrate a successful water-harvesting workshop.

Arizona Daily Star


Ask Martha Retallick or Richard Roati what they like best about the Green Living Co-op — a Watershed Management Group water-harvesting program — and they surprisingly give answers that have nothing to do with saving money.

“It’s meeting... Read more

Tucson Craft Beer Crawl. Photo: by KOLD 13

KOLD News 13


 TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Saturday marked the 5th annual Tucson Craft Beer Crawl downtown.

The completely sold out event is more than just a beer crawl that boosts nine local breweries. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will... Read more

Tucson Weekly's Quick Bites cover Beer Crawl.

Tucson Weekly


It is back! For one day, downtown Tucson is going to turn into more of a craft beer-obsessed madhouse than it already is. The crawl features beers from nearly every brewery in Tucson: 1912, Barrio, BlackRock, Borderlands, Catalina, Corbett,... Read more

Photo by Norma Jean Gargasz for High Country News.

High Country News


On a cool morning in mid-November, about two dozen volunteers and students work in a shallow basin behind Star Academic High School, a school on Tucson’s south side, shoveling out piles of dirt and placing rocks in front of a drainage designed... Read more

One of WMG's first cistern installations, back in 2008.

Arizona Daily Star


On the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday, Nov. 27, calls attention to online — and real time — opportunities to support nonprofit organizations in the true spirit of the holiday season.

“This is a nice alternative to... Read more

River Restoration Biologist Trevor Hare.

Arizona Public Media


Watch AZ Public Media producer Tony Paniagua's wonderful story on Arizona Illustrated about WMG's work to engage Sonoran Desert communities in restoring flowing water to the desert's rivers and streams through the River Run Network.

Catlow Shipek, left, and Trevor Hare, from Watershed Management Group, address the Tucson metropolitan area's groundwater situation. (PHOTO: Tony Paniagua, AZPM)

Arizona Public Media


Flowing water is a rare sight in Tucson's rivers and washes, but local activists hope this uncommon scene can become more frequent in the future, not just during summer monsoons or winter rains.

As part of its River Run Network, members... Read more

Workshop attendees are digging basins that will passively capture rainwater, and are lining the basins with rocks so the basins do not erode during a heavy rain. Photo: Jamie Manser/Watershed Management Group

Arizona Daily Star


Homes and businesses across the globe are using rainwater for a long list of purposes — car washes, gardening, showering — and Tucson is no exception.

Even rainwater beer exists.

Rainwater harvesting involves the collection of... Read more

Michael Conway, a local rain harvester. Photo by KGUN 9.



Harvesting the rain seems like a no-brainer, especially these days. Using rainwater that has fallen freely from the sky, typically onto the roof of your home, can be an efficient way to water your plants or fill up your pool. 

Yet there... Read more

Cistern and downspout. Photo by Zocalo Magazine.

Zocalo Magazine


(In) July and August, the sky tears apart with more thunder and lightning than any other point in time. And with that fury comes the majority of our rainfall. Tucson receives an average of 12 inches of rain every year. Despite the rest of the... Read more