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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation, Recycling, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Watershed Management Group (WMG) develops community-based solutions to ensure the long-term prosperity of people and health of the environment. We provide people with the knowledge, skills, and resources for sustainable livelihoods.

Results: Since our inception, we've launched numerous water- harvesting public demonstration sites, an internationally acclaimed Water Harvesting Certification program, a growing collection of unique technical training offerings, and thriving Green Living Co-op and Green Streets programs that are spreading our successful model from Tucson to other western cities.

Geographic areas served: Western United States and northern Mexico, especially the arid Southwest.

Programs: See schedule o - statement of program accomplishments (general attachment)

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I originally contacted Watershed Management Group to learn about water harvesting at home. I was surprised to learn that WMG also has has expertise in using that water for gardening and landscaping and uses it in a way that benefits the environment by promoting conservation of the resource. The Staff and Volunteers are dedicated to their cause and really do Walk the Talk. They have made me feel welcome attending additional classes and I have learned a great deal. The work that WMG does benefits the entire community not just some small segment. I am hoping to continue my association with WMG as a volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group takes on visionary goals while keeping its action deeply rooted in community action. I'm excited to volunteer for cistern building projects and as a docent.

Dylan H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An outstanding group devoted to solving many of the southwest's most pressing issues. Their technical expertise and community engagement skills truly set them apart.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WMG is the most positive nonprofit I've ever been involved with! They are at the forefront of the water harvesting movement in the US and an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to use water more productively. WMG's board and staff members are constantly building tangible solutions to the water crisis in ways that bring people together. They empower neighborhoods to change abandoned lots into food forests and troublesome storm runoff into lush green corridors. The thrill of swales and basins working as designed during a rainstorm is absolutely addictive!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that I am a part of for the past year or so. It is dedicated to teach people about sustainable living, specifically through rainwater and gray water harvesting. Every workshop that I attend I learn new information about water harvesting, and as important, I have the chance to meet great people that share similar values and come from all over the Valley to help making our world more sustainable, one earthwork at a time. With all the current global environmental issues, it feels great to be a part of the solution!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the WMG labor co-op in March, bought a house in June, and my first workshop at my house is in November. Let's plant some water and then plant some SHADE! Woot!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watershed Management Group has taught me so much about water harvesting, earthworks and greywater harvesting. I have volunteered for many groups and they are one of my top and most favorite groups in regards to organization, assistance and just overall genuine considerate and compassionate people.

Kate C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with WMG for a couple of years, doing workshops on cisterns, grey water, passive earthworks, and plantings. They did a passive earthworks and a cistern installation at my house. WMG does great work with their educational seminars, job training in the field, and the many programs they have like green streets. I highly recommend them to anyone who wants hands on experience helping Tucson become water sustainable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Watershed Management Group is a vital community asset. As I volunteer I enjoy working on sites, and giving educational information at events like the Peace Fair and Tucson Meet Yourself. Demonstrating the "Tippy Tap" is an awesome way to communicate with kids and get them interested both doing service work and the ecology. The "Tippy Tap" is a simple hand washing set up that saves water, and lives since it cuts down on dysentery cases. It's a terrific learning experience to listen to seasoned volunteers and staff members teach how to help make Tucson more sustainable. Meeting people from all over the city, and the country for that matter, who are actively involved in the environmental movement is fun! I have been privileged to work with their certified co-op workshop leaders at several different types of installations. The wonderful thing about water conservation is that there are so many ways to do it:. For a year and some I have helped with : installing a steel culvert and grey water /laundry system, the Green Neighborhood projects at the Ward 3 Office and Salpointe High School, passive earthworks at several homes, planting native plants and fruit trees, diverting flood water, and a Conserve- to -Enhance, subsidy funded, earthworks workshop at my own home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WMG employs simple technologies to help conserve our natural resources. This is especially true of water harvesting and water conservation, extremely important tactics in the arid Sonoran Desert. Their Green Streets policy is an excellent step in implementing water harvesting in all new roads in the City of Tucson. Through the WMG Co-op program, I installed a plastic cistern, large water harvesting basins, and a graywater system from my washing machine. Through volunteer hours, this program allowed me to install water saving and water harvesting features at a fraction of the cost. Thank you WMG!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with WMG after taking the rebate classes. Moving from Florida to Tucson I am forced to learn new technique to manage resources. By utilizing the concepts WMG incorporates into their workshops and hosting one or two of my own I will create my green space in the dessert that can be maintained with resources collected on site. The workshops are great and everyone involved is super friendly and fun to work with. It is up to each of us to do our part to conserve our resources and like many people I want to do it but it is overwhelming for one or a few to implement. WMG's group workshop structure make it so much less intimidating and it is truly amazing what gets done as a group in a matter of a few hours. Hope to meet you soon out and about at one of the workshops shovel in hand!