Right-of-Way Water Harvesting Workshop

Watershed Management Group is hosting a workshop Saturday, December 13, from 8am to 12pm,
in the Rincon Heights neighborhood (Broadway/Park area). As part of
WMG’s and Rincon Heights’ model program to improve water quality in
urban neighborhoods, we’ll be shaping basins and swales, laying
rockwork and gravel, and planting native vegetation. This workshop
will be of particular interest to those who want to learn more about
working in the City of Tucson’s right-of-way (between sidewalk and
curb) to harvest rain water from adjacent properties, sidewalks, and
from street runoff via curb cuts. The workshop will include
information on city requirements, and hands-on practice working within
this valuable and often overlooked public space.

This workshop is free and open to the public, and is limited to 30 participants. Please RSVP to:

James MacAdam
520-396-3266
james@watershedmg.org
www.watershedmg.org

How to Improve Your Neighborhood Watershed: Pollutants and Practices

Location: Ha:San School, 1333 E. 10th Street

Interested in improving water quality in your local wash?  At this presentation, experts from the University of Arizona, City of Tucson, Pima County Flood Control, Arizona Master Watershed Stewards, and WMG will present on issues of non-point source pollution as they relate to neighborhood water quality, urban washes, and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for improving stormwater quality.

This presentation will be useful for anyone working to improve watershed conditions in their neighborhood, like reducing flooding and erosion, increasing vegetation, and cleaning and beautifying nearby washes.  It will also provide valuable information for those who would like to participate in WMG’s hands-on stormwater BMP workshops.  We’ll delve more deeply into why rainwater harvesting practices are beneficial, and how they affect water quality as well as quantity.

This event kicks off WMG’s program to improve water quality in Tucson’s Rincon Heights Neighborhood.  The program will involve installing Best Management Practices like bioretention basins, berms, curb cuts, and buffer strips on 10 blocks throughout the neighborhood, via a series of 6-8 public workshops beginning November 2008.

Attendance at this presentation is a prerequisite for attending WMG’s Water Management Practices Workshops on November 9 and December 13.  WMG volunteers are encouraged to attend this presentation that addresses some often-overlooked aspects of rainwater harvesting.

Please RSVP for this event to James MacAdam, phone 396-3266, email: james *at* watershedmg.org.  For more information on WMG or the Rincon Heights project, visit watershedmg.org.

Farmers Market at UA

The Farmers Market at UA begins September 19, 10AM-2PM at a new location, Main Gate Square between Euclid and Park at Geronimo Plaza. Over 20 vendors are participating by selling locally or organically grown, raised, or produced goods and by offering information on sustainable agriculture; healthy whole foods; and local foods. Please join us on our grand opening day and every Friday.

Ward 6 Go Green Festival

GO GREEN III
Sustainability Resource Fair

Wednesday September 10, 2008
Ward VI Council Office
3202 E. 1st Street
4:30-6:30 PM

Dozens of participating organizations!
Topics include:

∑ Tucson Sustainability
∑ Resource and Water Conservation
∑ Alternative Travel Options
∑ Green Building Techniques

Learn how you can be part of the solution!

I hope you’ll join us!
-Councilmember Nina Trasoff

Contact Laura Burge or Monique Martin at 791-4601