SEEDS COMMUNITY CENTER in Tucson has worked with Watershed Management Group on several projects at Peter Howell Elementary School in Tucson. The first big project was a rainwater collecting project in the courtyard of the school. We had a 1320 gallon tank crane lifted into the school courtyard and rain gutters installed to catch rain water runoff of the roof into the tank.
The second big project was this last spring. The install of catch basins for rain water running off the auditorium building roof and channeled to collect in basins on three sides of the building. We planted 8 native trees and 40 native plants and the time of the install. The students will learn how to use the scarce water of the desert to native plants benefit and creating a new cooler, greener environment around this building. They did an excellent job of planning these two projects for us and sent very competent people to help us make these projects a reality! Thank You Watershed Management Group!
WMG has been a fantastic partner in our efforts to educate Tucson neighborhoods about sustaining resources given to us by our creator. Communication, design, planning, coordination and implementation could not be better. They are terrific educators and some very fun people!
Seeing second-hand (since my wife works for WMG) how this organization accomplishes an amazing amount of work with a small dedicated staff is simply inspiring. But it wasn't until we hosted a workshop through the Water Harvesting Certification course last year that I truly understood the impact WMG has on each and every person touched by their work. The passion and enthusiasm they inspire in their students is incredible. And the quality of the work accomplished in one day is mind-blowing. Every time I watch the laundry water flow into basins in my backyard (or each time I eat the juicy and potent chiltipines grown by that water) I feel deeply connected to something bigger.
And I also love to see how much my wife enjoys going to work each day (even when it seems there is more work to do than anyone could accomplish in a week)!
If you don't know about WMG you SHOULD. I want to capture rain water, passive, for my landscape and recently had a consultation. Within an hour of walking the site Joe had come up with a plan. Two days later I received the blue print of the design. Not only will the rain water be captured but he solved some flooding problems, will be planting native trees and shrubs and irrigating some of the trees with grey water. My landscape will be beautiful and conserve water.
The city of Tucson has partnered with Watershed Management multiple times, because they are such an excellent team of professionals. They are efficient, talented and hard working. They helped us craft new conservation policies for the City of Tucson and they recruited volunteers to install rainwater harvesting systems for our Ward 1 Council Office. They are the best.
- Diana Rhoades, Chief of Staff, Tucson City Councilor Regina Romero
I worked for a few years as a volunteer in WMG, earning co-op hours. I have always been impressed with the quality of personnel that lead the workshops and how much I learned about water harvesting, gray water harvesting, and sustainability. Eventually I incorporated earthworks and had two cisterns installed on my property. Then last year, my school received a school yard grant from WMG. WMG staff taught the second and fourth graders water conservation concepts in our Science Lab and also worked with parent and teacher volunteers to install a cistern that also helped mitigate flooding of our Science Lab. To illustrate how much the children valued their lessons on water conservation, one 2nd grader said, ""This is the best day ever!!!! The cistern came and we're having exploding cupcakes!" WMG also worked with volunteers and dug earthworks to slow and spread the huge quantity of run off from our parking lot so it is now being used by trees and plants rather than flowing down the street. The kids also enjoyed planting and caring for native plants in that area. One of the 2nd graders wrote to WMG after it rained and said, "The water harvesting worked fantasticly! And it even overflowed! The water harvesting river even had rapids in it. There was a waterfall at the Zuni Bowl. We made a lake and a river. The plants are so happy. It was wonderful."
Watershed Management Group has worked at the church I pastor in inner-city Phoenix twice, last October and February. They planted the right-of-ways along the streets, and a section closer to our buildings. These areas are blooming beautifully now and add so much color to our community! We are grateful for all of the volunteers who used waterharvesting techniques to plant and the wholesalers who donated the trees and bushes.