September 25, 2018 / Modified sep 25, 2018 10:36 a.m.

Will Water Return to Tucson's Washes?

A group hopes to restore running water to the city's watershed.

River Network Staff Catlow Shipek, left, and Trevor Hare, from Watershed Management Group, address the Tucson metropolitan area's groundwater situation.
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Flowing water is a rare sight in Tucson's rivers and washes, but local activists hope this uncommon scene can become more frequent in the future, not just during summer monsoons or winter rains.

As part of its River Run Network, members of Watershed Management Group are conducting monthly creek walks to educate members of the community about these natural assets in the city.

The washes are home to many trees and plants that also provide shade and habitat for different species such as birds, coyotes and javelinas.

The goal of restoring these washes — also called arroyos — may seem far-fetched, but WMG believes it can be done through a cooperative effort between agencies, neighborhoods, scientists and others who take measures to save water and increase groundwater levels.

The next River Run Network Creek Walk is Friday, Sept. 28 at Christmas Wash near the Rillito River and Tucson Boulevard.

It begins at 5:30 pm and is free and open to the public but WMG is asking that people register online.


River Network Families The Watershed Management Group wants everyone in the community to learn more about our washes and rivers.
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River Network Rillito Plants Members of the Watershed Management Group want to restore flowing water to the area's rivers and washes, which are still providing habitat for local wildlife.
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River Network Discussion Dozens of people have been attending the "creek walks" provided by the Watershed Management Group.
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River Network Bridge Participants walk along the Rillito River path in on the tours held by members of Watershed Management Group.
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River Network Sunset Members of the Watershed Management Group dream of a time when water will flow more frequently in the area's rivers and washes.
Tony Paniagua, AZPM

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