WRRC Brown Bag Webinar: Watershed Collaboration in the Tucson Basin

Santa Cruz Watershed Collaborative Adopts a Watershed Restoration Plan to Promote Flowing Rivers

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Lisa Shipek
Executive Director, Watershed Management Group
Amanda Webb
Ecological Monitoring Program Coordinator, Pima County

Watch the recorded Webinar

Since 2017, the Santa Cruz Watershed Collaborative (SCWC) has been providing forums for partner agencies and organizations to work toward better aligning their approaches to watershed management in the Tucson Basin of the Santa Cruz River watershed. SCWC is working toward the vision of people working together to ensure a healthy urban watershed with flowing rivers and streams. In response to a request for input, stakeholders expressed a need for greater coordination and collaboration across the watershed and a more holistic approach to ensuring a sustainable water supply and healthy ecosystems. As a result, after more than three years of collaboration, SCWC adopted a Watershed Restoration Plan in 2022. In this WRRC Brown Bag Webinar presentation, panelists will discuss development of the plan, strategies stakeholders are rallying around to achieve shared goals, and how SCWC is moving forward to address ongoing challenges in the watershed.

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Lisa Shipek is a founding member of Watershed Management Group (WMG) and has served as the Executive Director since 2006. In 2013, WMG launched a 50-year vision to restore Tucson’s heritage of flowing creeks and rivers. Lisa devotes much of her time to fulfilling this vision through WMG’s River Run Network program including education, restoration, and policy efforts. Lisa gives back to the community through serving on advisory boards, including: the Santa Cruz Watershed Collaborative, Tucson’s Citizens Water Advisory Committee (CWAC), and Tucson's Transit Task Force.

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For nearly 20 years, Amanda Webb has been working in natural resource management, ecological monitoring, communication, and collaborative conservation. She earned her master’s degree at the University of Arizona in 2017 where she studied plant ecology and watershed management. Amanda has been serving on the SCWC Coordinating Team since Spring 2022.