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Arizona Master Watershed Steward Program. The MWS Program educates and trains citizens across the state of Arizona to serve as volunteers in the protection, restoration, monitoring, and conservation of their water and watersheds. What is a watershed?. Watershed

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Arizona master watershed steward program
Arizona Master Watershed Steward Program

The MWS Program educates and trains citizens across the state of Arizona to serve as volunteers in the protection, restoration, monitoring, and conservation of their water and watersheds.


What is a watershed
What is a watershed?

Watershed

The area that produces runoff and collects water to a downstream point or outlet (Handbook of Hydrology)

Drainage Divide

The line, ridge, or summit of high ground separating two drainage basins (Glossary of Geology, 3rd Ed.,1987)



Santa cruz watershed
Santa Cruz Watershed

Pima Canyon Drainage


Az watersheds
AZ Watersheds

Santa Cruz Watershed

ADEQ, 2007.


Colorado river basin
Colorado River Basin

Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program, http://www.gcdamp.gov/aboutamp/crb.html

USGS, water.usgs.gov


The mws program focuses on
The MWS Program focuses on…

  • Non-point source pollution issues

  • Stewardship

  • Citizen Science

  • Locally-based, relevant education and

  • Opportunities to address/engage citizens

By providing…


Mws across arizona
MWS across Arizona

  • 25 classes

  • Held in 14 cities

  • Serving 10 major watersheds


Mws structure organization
MWS Structure & Organization

  • Each participant gives 40 service hours to become a Master Watershed Steward, a.k.a. “Steward”

  • 50 classroom & field hours

    • Topics include:

      • Climate

      • Geology

      • Soils

      • Hydrology

      • Ecology

      • Water Quality

      • Water Management

      • GPS Mapping

      • Working Together


Mws watershed issues
MWS Watershed Issues

  • Water Quality Impairments

    • Nutrients

    • Sediment

  • Water Quantity

    • Drought

    • Flooding

  • Invasive Species


Water quality
Water Quality

High nitrate levels

High sediment levels

  • Volunteer activities

    • Re-vegetate bare soil

    • Re-contour slopes

    • Build berms, gabions and small rock dams

  • Volunteer activities

    • Initial lake recon (depth & turbidity)

    • Buffer strip plantings

    • Bi-weekly water quality monitoring


Water quantity
Water Quantity

Drought

Flooding

  • Volunteer Activities

    • AZDroughtWatch.org

    • Rainlog.org

  • Volunteer activities

    • Re-vegetate bare soil

    • Re-contour slopes

    • Build berms, gabions and small rock dams


Invasive species
Invasive Species

Arundo invading riparian areas, reduces wildlife habitat & increases flood risk

  • Volunteer Activities

    • GPS mapping

    • Arundo removal


Contact information
Contact Information

Candice RupprechtStatewide Coordinator

Arizona Cooperative Extension Water Resources Research Center350 N. CampbellTucson, AZ 85719(520) 792-9591 [email protected]

http://ag.arizona.edu/watershedsteward/index.html


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