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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

Rock work to create passive rainwater harvesting.

East Valley Tribune


You can collect more than 400 gallons of free water off the rooftop of a typical home from just half an inch of rain.

You can learn valuable information like this at the Living Green Hydrate Mesa series taking place on Tuesdays, starting... Read more

Students at Continental, photo by Kitty Bottemiller.

Green Valley News


Continental would finally get some long-awaited greenery, courtesy of sound planning, muscle and what’s known as a rain garden, where storm water runoff is harvested and directed to plantings through channels created by land-contouring, berming... Read more

Santa Cruz River in 1904

Tucson Weekly


Learn Something New

Drunk History of the Santa Cruz River: If you’ve ever seen Comedy Central’s Drunk History, you probably know that history has the potential to be fun in a whole new way when a drunk person is teaching it. For this... Read more

Tucson Morning Blend


Watershed Management Group is hosting the Edible Shade Mesquite Pancake Breakfast to celebrate the delicious shade of mesquite! Jamie Manser explains that in addition to the amazing organic pancakes with locally sourced products, the event... Read more

Logan Phillips

Arizona Daily Star


A few weeks ago, I found myself standing on the south side of the Cushing Street bridge with the mammoth pad for Caterpillar below, imagining the new view of Sentinel Peak and Tumamoc Hill with a huge, unimaginative office building in the... Read more

Photo of green infrastructure at New Hope Church by Heather Janssen, Tucson News Now Multimedia Journalist

Tucson News Now


When it rains, it pours in Tucson.

Flooding is a common problem many Tucsonans know well during the rainiest times of the year, monsoon. At New Hope Church off of Santa Clara Avenue and Valencia, they have become very familiar with... Read more



Monsoon's beauty can sometimes be overshadowed by the damage that is left behind. One community is celebrating after the completion of a new rain garden and hope that it will help contain future flooding as a result of heavy rainfall. 

New... Read more

Photo by Julius Schlosburg

Tucson Foodie


The Watershed Management Group is celebrating the delicious shade of mesquite and other edible desert-adapted vegetation with a mesquite pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. – noon on Sunday, February 11. 

The pancakes are one-of-a-kind because... Read more

Edible Shade Mesquite Pancake Breakfast

Arizona Daily Star


Edible Shade Mesquite Pancake Breakfast — Watershed Management Group, 1137 N. Dodge Blvd. Live music, puppets, educational presentations, local nonprofits, and demonstrations. 9 a.m.-noon. Feb. 11. $8. 396-3266. Watershedmg.org/EdibleShade.

Harvesting Rainwater from Tucson Streets

KOLD News 13


The City of Tucson is considering something that at one time could only be done on public areas, taking water that’s running down the street and using it for the landscape of a home.

It was on the city council study session on... Read more

WMG's Policy & Technical Director Catlow Shipek, center, along with WMG's River Restoration Biologist Trevor Hare (far left), Van Clothier with Stream Dynamics and a volunteer (right) are reviewing opportunities and strategies to restore lower Sabino Creek.

Zocalo Magazine


During a period that stretched primarily between the 1940s and the 1960s, Tucson’s water table ultimately began to drop and its local perennial streams, creeks, and rivers started drying up. Today, as most Tucsonans know, what remains of our... Read more

Owl & Panther tour at Watershed Management Group in fall 2017.

Southwest Folkflife


Once, Marge Pellegrino and a handful of volunteers took nine refugee youth to Mt. Lemmon to see snow. Within minutes they were jumping, sliding, and tossing it. “It was magical to watch them negotiate this thing they’d never seen before,”... Read more

Homescape Harvest Tour

KGUN 9 - The Morning Blend


Watershed Management Group's Green Living Co-op Manager Dan Stormont and Public Relations Manager Jamie Manser discuss the 7th Annual Homescape Harvest Tour taking place on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The tour includes Tucsonans who... Read more