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WMG is one of three winners of the Colorado River Basin Water Scarcity Challenge, offered by The Gates and Walton Family Foundations. The selected organizations will work with Quantified Ventures (QV) – at no charge, thanks to grant funding – to design, finance, and scale investible, cost-effective solutions that deliver beneficial outcomes for Colorado River Basin ecosystems and communities.WMG has been working towards a hydro-local future, where we value and steward our local water...
Our vision to restore heritage flows to our desert rivers is more important than ever. Massive cuts of Colorado River water supplies to Western communities are a call to action for us to steward our local water supplies instead of depleting distant watersheds. That’s why we're thrilled to share more about our work along the Tanque Verde Creek, a story that gives us hope for the future of our watersheds and local water solutions.   We need your help to raise the final $14,000 to reach...
Now is a great time to give to support our Release the Beavers campaign. It is more important than ever to slow and recharge more water into our aquifer—for local, sustainable water supplies in response to Colorado River shortages and drought. Healthy beaver populations play a key role in slowing water and encouraging it to sink in. When you donate to our year-end campaign, you ensure we can continue our lead role advocating for beavers and nature-based solutions in our binational Santa...
(Español abajo) My name is Matthew Jensen. I’m the River Run Network Intern with Watershed Management Group here in Tucson. Every day, I wake up, I go to class, go to work, and live my life. Every day, I drink lots of water because everyone needs water to live. When I was younger, it was easy to think that water was almost infinite, all I had to do was turn on the sink and there it was. Even now, it’s hard to think that the necessities of our lives are in danger. But why? Right now,...
The River Run Network is starting a recurring monthly initiative to help remove trash and continue to care for our creeks and rivers. Join us along the Rillito River, Pantano Creek, Santa Cruz River throughout the year as we clean up along the river and share more of this beauty with others. As tributaries to the Santa Cruz River, it is important to keep trash and invasive species out of these creeks! The River Run Network has Flow365 Monitors at these sites, and we hope to share more...
Guess That Arroyo Tucson
(Español abajo) Did you used to play in the washes as a child, hide from your parents in them as a teenager, explore them in college, or forget about them as an adult? Maybe you've already read about Guess That Arroyo on WMG's events calendar, or participated in a bike ride and/or creek walk with WMG's River Run Network. If not, that's okay! We have created this space so you can share your stories, memories, anecdotes about an arroyo in the city of Tucson or elsewhere. Why are we...
2nd Annual Bi-National Beaver Survey: San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA)Saturday, November 19th @ 9am - 4pmSaturday, December 3rd @ 9am - 4pm Through the River Run Network, WMG has been working to survey beaver populations along the San Pedro River on both sides of the border, and you can help! Beavers are one of the best local helpers for restoring desert creeks and rivers, and we look forward to hosting this annual survey once again to support healthy beaver...
The Tanque Verde Creek has been a focal point of the River Run Network's restoration efforts since 2016. We started a multi-year effort to remove invasive Arundo donax from Tanque Verde Creek in 2021, thanks to grant funding from Arizona State Forestry. Arundo is harmful because it drinks up to 3-4 times as much water as native desert plants, crowds out native species and habitat, and increases the risk of flooding and wildfire. By removing Arundo, the River Run Network is helping to...
The Tanque Verde Challenge Continues ~ Help Us Remove Invasive Arundo and Restore the Flow! Join WMG’s River Run Network in continuing our effort to completely remove invasive Arundo from Tanque Verde Creek! Since winter 2021, we’ve been hosting volunteer work days to remove Arundo donax, a thirsty invasive plant that drinks up to 3-4 times as much water as native plants and crowds out native species. We’re focusing this work in a middle stretch of Tanque Verde Creek, where Arundo is...
(Español abajo) The Tanque Verde Bosque in East Tucson is a shallow groundwater area, meaning there is groundwater flowing within 50 feet below the ground. The groundwater is in a small aquifer constrained by bedrock, which helps push the water towards the surface and allows for quick recharge and more surface flow. The creek is fed by rainfall and snowmelt that flows down the Catalina and Rincon Mountains, both on the surface and below ground, to recharge the aquifer. Local floodplains...

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