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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 Powers Hannley

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 focuses on economic reforms to grow Arizona's economy, establish a state-based public bank, fix our infrastructure, fully fund public education, growlocal small businesses and community banks, and put people back to work at good-paying jobs. I also stand for equal rights, choice, and paycheck fairness for women. I am running as a progressive and running clean.

My day job is managing editor for the American Journal of Medicine, an academic medicine journal with a worldwide circulation. In addition, my husband and I co-direct Arizonans for a New Economy, Arizona's public banking initiative. I am a member of the national board of the Public Banking Institute, and I am co-chair of the Arizona Democratic Progressive Caucus, the largest caucus of the Arizona Democratic Party.

I am a published author, photographer, videographer, clay artist, mother, nana, and wife. I have a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University and a masters in public health from the University of Arizona. I grew up in Amherst, Ohio, but I have lived in Tucson, Arizona since 1981. I am a proud member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson and the Public Relations Society of America.

My Tucson Progressive blog and Facebook page feature large doses of liberal ideas, local, state, and national politics, and random bits of humor. I also blog at Blog for Arizona and the Huffington Post.

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