Policy and Technical Director
Catlow Shipek is a founding member of Watershed Management Group. He received a MSc in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona. Catlow has over ten years of experience in applied watershed management, planning and policy specializing in urban applications like water harvesting, green infrastructure, stream restoration, and eco-sanitation. Catlow has worked on several successful local policy initiatives including Tucson's Green Streets Active Practice Guidelines, Tucson Water's residential rainwater rebate program, Tucson's residential greywater ordinance revision process, and through the Complete Streets Taskforce the adoption of Tucson's Complete Streets Policy. Catlow has served on the Citizens’ Water Advisory Committee for Tucson Water including Chair of the Conservation & Education subcommittee and on the University of Arizona's School of Natural Resource and the Environment's advisory board. Catlow currently serves on the Complete Streets Coordinating Council following the 2019 adoption of the Complete Streets policy. Catlow's passion is to link people to their local environment for improved stewardship and prosperity.
Catlow Shipek, a founding member of WMG, is a Water Harvesting Certification instructor, and avid practitioner who blends a practical resource management approach with an eye for design. Catlow has over 15 years of field experience ranging from erosion control and arroyo restoration with ranchers, to a decade of water harvesting design and project implementation in urban watersheds, to community-scale water resource planning, policy, and conservation incentives. Catlow assisted in the development of City of Tucson’s Green Streets Policy and Tucson Water’s Rainwater Harvesting Incentive program. He has served on numerous advisory committees including Tucson Water’s Citizen’s Water Advisory Committee and was the Chair of the Conservation and Education subcommittee; served as a member of the Conservation Effluent Pool Taskforce to identify and select project sites best suited to receive treated effluent to benefit wildlife habitat and the community; participated in the City of Tucson 2010 residential greywater ordinance revision; and currently serves on the Complete Streets Coordinating Council following the 2019 passage of the Complete Streets Policy led by Living Streets Alliance for the City of Tucson.