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The summer is now approaching its later months and Arizona is preparing for the monsoon season. Everyone living in the desert knows how beautiful it can be, but they also know how precious water is. Now that the monsoon season is upon us, why not... Read more



KVOA | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona

TUCSON -  In some places, like California, immediate changes are being made amid a severe drought. However, here in a desert region that is lucky to get 12 inches of rain in a year, our water demand has... Read more

Humble Water Goddess

Tucson Green Magazine


It took a wanderer's existence to help Lisa Shipek realize she wanted roots, and now she's putting them down deep in Tucson and soaking them with harvested rain water.

The 29-year-old executive director of the local nonprofit Watershed... Read more

Al Jazeera


TUCSON, Ariz. — Schoolteacher Terry Anderson took a break in the shade of a mesquite tree in her front yard as a team of volunteers from a local nonprofit put the finishing touches on a morning's work to help her capture water from the desert... Read more

Tucson Weekly


This April, the Living Streets Alliance partnered with the City of Tucson to host their annual bike-centric event, The Bike Fest. This year marked the largest Fest yet, with 75 events taking place all April and 20 plus businesses showing support... Read more



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

Picture of WMG Living Lab and Learning Center

Tucson News Now


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

Lisa'a bicycle at Watershed Management Group headquarters

News4Tucson (KVOA)


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

Conceptual Site Plan



This week’s interview on The Weekly Green, is with the ever so hilarious Kieran Sikdar, Program Manager, from Watershed Management Group. Listen to Kieran tell us all about WMG’s Consulting Services.

From WMG’s site: “Get expert advice... Read more

Poo to Peaches book cover

AZ Daily Star


Everybody poops.

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

The San Juan Generating Station

Tucson Weekly


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

Co-op group moving a cistern.



This week on The Weekly Green, Gretchen interviews Kieran Sikdar, Program Manager at Watershed Management Group, here in Tucson. They discuss WMG’s Co-op program.

The Co-op program utilizes a “barn raising” model. Volunteers participate... Read more

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

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

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

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