Watershed Management Group
The Watershed Management Group is a Tucson-based organization that creates community-based solutions to problems like water scarcity, flood control, and food security.
66 imagesThis workshop taught participants how to Build Your Own Basin (BYOB) and plant a rain garden.
55 imagesDuring this two-day workshop, Watershed Management Group staff and volunteers installed a 1,500-gallon rainwater harvesting cistern at my place. The first 19 images show site preparations from day one. The next 31 show work done on the second day, which included construction of the plumbing system that supplies the cistern, and placement of rain gutters and the cistern. In the final five images, you'll see how this system works.
5 imagesDuring the summer and fall of 2007, Tucson's Watershed Management Group rallied dozens of volunteers in an effort to make the Ward 3 City Council Office into a water harvesting showcase. This included the installation of a cistern.
4 imagesThis Watershed Management Group Co-op workshop created passive water harvesting features at a central Tucson residence. During previous rainstorms, water has flowed from the street right up to Bonnie's front door. By directing this water into four basins, the WMG intends to demonstrate how a serious stormwater threat can be used to enhance the beauty and utility of a yard by irrigating a shade tree and pollinator garden.
66 imagesThe Watershed Management Group returns for another two-day workshop at my place! Two WMG staffers, four volunteers, and one excavator gave my front yard a much-needed makeover. This project includes two basins that can harvest 250 gallons of rooftop runoff during a one-inch rainstorm. The first 20 photos show site preparations from day one. The next 32 show work done on the second day, which included shaping the earthworks basins, building a drainage slope that leads into them, plantings, and cistern priming. The final 14 photos display the finished front yard – with plant closeups – and cistern painting.