Watershed Management Group has a variety of programs and projects across the Santa Cruz Watershed. At the heart of WMG’s programming is policy and restoration work to restore Tucson’s heritage of flowing creeks and rivers through our 50-Year Strategic Plan.
The River Run Network is a group of people working together to restore Tucson's heritage of flowing creeks and rivers - which means restoring the Santa Cruz River and its tributaries! RRN membership is free and gives you access to exclusive creek walks, river restoration workshops, river clean-ups, and advocacy opportunities, including our Flow365 Monitoring Program, which relies on citizen science volunteers to monitor flow status, groundwater levels, and the plants and animals in local riparian habitats to support our mission of reviving Tucson’s creeks and rivers.
The Green Living Co-Op uses a barn-raising model, where members learn practical skills by helping implement projects at members' homes. When they are ready to transform their home landscape, they benefit from discounted rates on WMG services and volunteer labor from fellow Co-op members. As part of our We Are One Watershed resolutions, we offer WTF (Women, Trans, Femme) workshops.
WMG offers a complete array of water-harvesting landscape services for Tucson homes, businesses, schools, and beyond. We also provide unique hands-on educational programs, customized training, and municipal watershed planning support. Installation options include rain gardens, greywater to landscape systems, rain tanks, green infrastructure, urban orchards, Sonoran food forests, and channel and landscape restoration.
The Living Lab and Learning Center is the community educational resource for regenerative desert living. Visitors of all ages are invited to explore sustainability practices in action through our interactive exhibits and demonstrations (including composting toilets, rainwater harvesting, and good forests) in the heart of Tucson.
Docents are WMG's volunteer ambassadors. They fill a variety of vital roles throughout the organization that support our mission, which can include: giving tours, outreach events, data collection and monitoring, rain garden care, administrative tasks, Spanish translation, and Latinx community engagement.
WMG provides comprehensive educational packages for free through participating schools in our "Recharge the Rain" NOAA-funded program (2017-2020) or at a discounted rate to K-12 schools. We teach students through hands-on activities and using outdoor learning laboratories. One of the central goals is to create and enhance outdoor classrooms on school campuses.
Our experiential internship program is designed to provide University of Arizona students with real-world work experience and community engagement opportunities.
The Monsoon Squad is WMG's on-the-ground task force caring for our community rain gardens in Tucson. Squad members learn proper techniques in rain garden maintenance and care, engage in the WMG culture, and get oriented to their monthly responsibilities in their communities to ensure that the gardens are functioning at their peak and remain healthy and beautiful.
In response to COVID-19, WMG is providing constructed tippy taps and tippy tap educational materials to the community, to quickly scale-up hand-washing opportunities around Tucson. We've partnered with Ward 6 Council Office and the Kaimas Foundation to provide tippy taps to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and community spaces, such as schools and community gardens.
We’ve also implemented our Steward In Place effort, consisting of a new series of virtual workshops, online events, and how-to videos to provide the inspiration and resources shelter-in-place communities need for their conservation bucket list.