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Tucson makes Time Magazine’s list of ‘Intelligent Cities’

Brad Lancaster (left), local rainwater harvesting guru, talks about building water catchment basins and installing cisterns at a workshop. (Photo Credit: Pamela Powers)

Finally… some positive, news coming out of Arizona.

In a recent issue, Time Magazine named Tucson one of the nation’s “Intelligent Cities” because it is a desert city with laws that promote grey water and rainwater use. Here’s the story:
In Tucson, Saving the Bath Water Too

If you would like to learn more about rainwater or grey water collection and use, check out the Watershed Management Group. They teach individuals and neighborhoods through workshops and lectures.

I attended a two-weekend, hands-on workshop conducted by Technicians for Sustainability and Stone Curves Co-Housing a few years ago. It was a great experience; I learned a lot of water collection dos and don’ts, which helped me transform my yard. I highly recommend a workshop for anyone who is considering installing a cistern or hiring someone to do it.

5 comments on “Tucson makes Time Magazine’s list of ‘Intelligent Cities’

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  2. Martha Retallick
    March 1, 2011

    I heartily second the endorsement of the Watershed Management Group. I’ve had three WMG workshops at my place. Have been very pleased with the results.


    • Pamela Powers
      March 1, 2011

      I think Tucson could do more to encourage gray water and rainwater use — particularly for irrigation– and discourage using city water, but I’m glad we were featured for what we do have. The Time article could have had way more detail– including mentioning the Watershed Management Group and Brad Lancaster.


      • Martha Retallick
        March 2, 2011

        Hey, Pam! I’m with you on the increased use of gray and rainwater use for irrigation.
        And I think that the City of Tucson should take the lead and get all of its properties out of the irrigation loop and onto gray/rainwater harvesting. Having worked on Watershed Management Group projects at three different city council ward offices (1, 3, and 6), I know that there are plenty of willing helpers out there. So, put us to work, City of Tucson. We’re ready!


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The Tucson Progressive: Pamela J. Powers

I stand on the side of Love. I believe in kindness to all creatures on Earth and the inherent self-worth of all individuals–not just people who agree with me or look like me.

Widespread economic and social injustice prompted me to become a candidate for the Arizona House, representing Legislative District 9 in the 2016 election.

My platform focused on economic reforms to grow Arizona’s economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, grow local small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs.

In the Arizona House, I was a strong voice for fiscal responsibility a moratorium on corporate tax breaks until the schools were fully funded, increased cash assistance to the poor, expansion of maternal healthcare benefits, equal rights, choice, unions, education at all levels and protecting our water supply.

After three terms, I retired from the Arizona Legislature in January 2023 but will continue to blog and produce my podcast “A View from the Left Side.”

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