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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

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jana13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am constantly in awe of the incredible work that the staff of Watershed Management Group is doing to restore our groundwater through rainwater harvesting and river restoration. This work is so important because Tucson has been in a drought for 17 years and relies on Colorado river water for nearly all of it's water needs. As more states suffer from drought, there will be more competition for that water. Meanwhile, tailings from abandoned mines are seeping into the Colorado river. In Phoenix, they are selling the CAP water that was stored for future use to Nestle to sell it back to us in plastic bottles. Watershed Management Group is giving individuals the ability to help restore our aquifers through education and a volunteer coop that installs rainwater harvesting features in peoples yards. Their work is vital for the future of Arizona. I think that rainwater harvesting is so important that I blog about it regularly. I am also producing a documentary on rainwater harvesting - so more people can learn about it and incorporate it into their own landscaping. Watershed Management Group is an indispensable resource.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended one of their water harvesting classes and it was amazing. So much great information shared and they were open to helping with questions, etc. Great group doing great things!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very Thrifty non-profit with impressive results on a shoestring budget

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grateful for information provided on all aspects of rainwater conservation, greywater systems, matters important especially important to the desert community. Watershed Management Group keeps on top of innovation and continually provides community education through hands-on workshops, certification programs, and sponsors webinars. WMG is a valuable resource.

Kim_18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WMG is smart and fun! Since 2003 I have enjoyed learning all they have been sharing thru the tours, seminars, co-ops, webinars and special events. I never would have guessed that one day I would prefer to use and have a composting toilet instead of the old standard one.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first memory of the USA was as an eight-year-old girl coming from Ethiopia. I was surprised at the abundance of clean water and the lack of appreciation for this resource. Years ago it was a blessing to know the Watershed Management Group was getting established in Tucson. I enjoyed learning more and supporting them from afar. Obviously I was ecstatic when WMG began working in Phoenix.

I love to volunteer for the co-op events because it is beautiful to see people implementing newly learned solutions not just for themselves but for their neighborhoods and communities as well. WMG’s Co-op program is based on a barn-raising model where home and business owners transform their landscape to conserve water and energy, grow food, and promote wildlife while saving money.

As a homeowner I was welcome to attend special lectures during the Phoenix certification course this spring. Water harvesting earthworks and greywater systems including food-production were two valuable and useful lectures for me. The Water Harvesting Certification program provides the highest quality and greatest depth of training in integrative water harvesting offered in the nation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WMG gets results! They don't just talk about doing things, they do them! And teach others to do them! It's great to see such a small organization get so much done, all while getting the community involved and giving them the knowledge to promote sustainable water use and management in the desert.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm a great admirer of Watershed Management Group! I've attended several of their events, including tours of homes that are utilizing the training and support offered by this group. They inspired me to take some "baby-steps" by installing rainwater harvesting in my yard. Great newsletter also!

Josie C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have enjoyed walking in my neighborhood in Tucson and seeing how the curb cuts gather rainwater and planted trees grow. Watching WMG videos have inspired my husband and I to change our home landscaping to harvest water. It gives me hope for this city built in a desert!