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Catlow Shipek advises Ronni Kotwica about water harvesting and landscaping at her midtown home, which is has been inundated with accumulated rainfall accumulation and runoff.
Catlow Shipek, a senior program manager with Watershed Management Group, sketches a possible water harvesting and landscape plan after a consultation.

Arizona Daily Star


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

Not a fan of the cylindrical shape? Reinforced-concrete, or ferrocement, structures allow for more flexibility.
One of two water-harvesting storage tanks at Kay Baumann’s home. It matches the flagstones, rock planters.

Arizona Daily Star


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

Glendale Rain Garden outside the Glendale Main Library during an Aug. 12 storm

Glendale Star


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

Tucsonan Scott Mencke, and his 3-year-old son, Reef, use water from their water havesting cistern to water their garden at home.

Arizona Daily Star


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

Tucson Water doesn’t oppose the expansion of the harvesting rebate program but questions its benefits. Scott Mencke, above, says the program needs more time and public education to succeed.
Mencke, with his 3-year-old son, Reef, defrayed the cost of his collection system with a $2,000 rebate from Tucson Water.

Arizona Daily Star


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

An outdoor, solar heated shower is popular with WMG employees who bicycle to work. Water can easily be directed to nearby plants and trees.
At this midtown house, rainwater flows off the roof and down a decorative rain chain into a pot. The pot drains under a walkway to fill the yard's basin, which is lined with rocks.

Arizona Daily Star


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

You don't have to spend big bucks to collect rainwater.
The homeowners here filled in an old pool and made an attractive garden out of it. Rainwater is stored nearby and used for irrigation.

Arizona Daily Star


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

Outdoor shower

Edible Baja Arizona


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

KGUN9 Morning Blend


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 Adult Center

Prescott News


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

Glendale Main Library

Your West Valley


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

WMG works in Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista Herald


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

AZ Public Media


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

Arizona Public Media


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

Arizona Daily Star


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

Green for All


What would happen if every time a roadway was built or renovated, new green infrastructure that added green spaces and soaked up rainwater was also installed? What if every time a new road is planned, we also planned to include lush tree canopies... Read more

Tucson Weekly


Preparing for climate change

Higher temperatures will mean more stress on people and infrastructure. One solution is very low-tech: shade. This fall, I'll be announcing a drive to plant 10,000 trees in Tucson — native and low-water-use —... Read more

People from Pachputewadi work together to restore their spring

Mid Day


The many natural springs in the region can provide enough water to 12,000 villagers. With a practical solution in sight, water-starved villagers living along the Ghats are now fighting back with a little help from NGOs (including Watershed... Read more

Volunteers installed retrofits in downtown Phoenix

Downtown Devil


Watershed Management Group collaborated with Phoenix Hostel & Cultural Center, Roosevelt Row and the city of Phoenix to incorporate green infrastructure in a Phoenix neighborhood just east of downtown at a public volunteer workshop Sunday.... Read more

Arizona Daily Star


Nearly 8,600 people across the state came together for nonprofit organizations Wednesday, donating nearly $929,000 as part of the first-ever Arizona Gives event.

Two Tucson-based organizations came out on top with Ben's Bells having the... Read more