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Water Education for Adults



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ABC's of Water Acrobat Icon PDFs (311 KB) provides basic definitions and shows the components of the hydrologic cycle.


Arizona's Water Supplies, Water Demands, and Water Budget Acrobat Icon PDFs (49 KB) provides general information regarding Arizona’s water.


Arizona Water Atlas provides a comprehensive overview of regional water supply and demand.


Check Your Water Supply Map of counties provides links to information about regional water providers, assured and adequate water supplies, and information about watershed groups.


A Layperson's Guide to Arizona Water Acrobat Icon PDFs (2 MB) is prepared and distributed by the Water Education Foundation and the University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center. It is part of a series of Layperson’s Guides that explore pertinent water issues in an objective, easy-to-understand manner.Arizona Outline


Arizona Water FactsOffSite Icon is presented by the U.S. EPA and includes climate and geographic considerations, population concerns, water supply and climate change.


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Coordinated by the University of Arizona Cooperative ExtensionOffSite Icon, Smartscape is a training program for nursery and landscape professionals designed to encourage consistent horticultural practices compatible with the Sonoran Desert region of Arizona.


WaterSmartOffSite Icon is the residential component of the SmartScape Program. WaterSmart classes teach homeowners the basics of landscape water conservation through informative 3-hour workshops based on the principles of Xeriscape. Workshops are held in the Tucson area.

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Master Watershed Stewards

The Master Watershed StewardOffSite Icon program educatesOffSite Icon and trains citizens across the state of Arizona to serve as volunteersOffSite Icon in the protection, restoration, monitoring, and conservation of their water and watersheds.


The program is a partnership of the University of Arizona Cooperative ExtensionOffSite Icon and the Arizona Department of Environmental QualityOffSite Icon.


Check the schedule and sign up for a FREE course seriesOffSite Icon.


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Originally presented during Water Awareness Month, April 2009


Irrigation for a Growing World by Alex Nathanson, Rain Bird (sponsored by Rain BirdOffSite Icon)

View Presentation: Irrigation for a Growing World Acrobat Icon pdf (1 MB)
View Rain Bird White Paper: The Intelligent Use of Water: Irrigation for a Growing World Acrobat Icon pdf (606 KB)


Toward the Desert Rain Garden by Scott Calhoun, Zona Gardens (sponsored by Rain Bird)
Is it possible to make a garden in the Southwest that will survive without regular irrigation? Across much of the country, these gardens are known as rain gardens.

Presentation no longer available. For more information, contact Zona Gardens at: 520-867-8038.

Anatomy of Intelligent Irrigation Installation by Jason Isenburg, Urban Organics Landscaping, Tucson
The basics of lateral line installation/configuration; depth of lines; trenching recommendations, proper emitter formatting; how to organize the system from the ground up (literally and figuratively); basic system maintenance; arid-lands techniques; what not to do; and system pros and cons.

View Presentation: Anatomy of Intelligent Irrigation Installation Acrobat Icon pdf (779 KB)

WaterSense, Arizona Department of Water Resources
Presentation provides an overview of the EPA Water Sense OffSite Icon Program, the benefits of water efficient product testing and new products bearing the WaterSense label.

View Presentation: Overview and Benefits of the EPA's WaterSense Program Acrobat Icon pdf (277 KB)

Town of Payson Water Conservation, Viki Holmes and Mike Ploughe, Town of Payson OffSite Icon

Learn about the Town of Payson’s conservation program and how they have dropped residential usage in the past decade from a high of 104 gallons per person per day in 1996 to approximately 84 gallons per person per day in 2006 (from Town’s website).

View Presentation: Conserving Water in the Rim Country Acrobat Icon pdf (5 MB)



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Cooperative Extension Offices in Arizona

The Cooperative Extension SystemOffSite Icon is a nationwide, educational network. Each U.S. state and territory has a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local or regional offices. In Arizona, there are cooperative extension offices in each county and some Indian Reservations. The state office is at the University of Arizona in Tucson. These offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information about regional landscaping and gardening issues.


Arizona Native Plant Society

The Arizona Native Plant SocietyOffSite Icon works to strengthen native plant protection laws, enrich the knowledge of Arizona’s native plants, and contributes volunteer hours to public education about the value of using native plants in the landscape, water conservation, and habitat protection. A Conservation Committee works to carry out the habitat and native plant protection goals of the society. A variety of brochures about landscaping are available. The five chapters in Arizona are based in Flagstaff, Phoenix, Prescott, Tucson and Yuma.


Arizona Water Centers, Institutes and Programs

Arizona's universities are home to numerous specialized centers that are undertaking research on water from various perspectives, from the "hard" sciences (geology, biology, chemistry) to the social sciences (public policy, economics, and conflict resolution), and applied sciences (engineering and hydrology). The centers work closely with water managers, policy makers and the public to ensure that their cutting-edge research results, products, and technologies benefit Arizona 's water future.


Visit the Water Centers websiteOffSite Icon for links to the programs at each center:

Arizona State University

  • Water Quality Center
  • Central Arizona Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research
  • Decision Center for a Desert City
  • Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Morrison Institute for Public Policy

Northern Arizona University

  • Center for Sustainable Environments
  • Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
  • Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research
  • Watershed Research and Education Program

University of Arizona

  • Engineering Research Center for Environmentally Benign Semiconductor Manufacturing
  • Institute for the Study of Planet Earth
  • Office of Arid Lands Studies
  • Science and Technology Center for Sustainability of semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas
  • Superfund Basic Research Program
  • Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
  • Water Quality Center
  • Water Resources Research Center
  • Water Sustainability Program

Conservation Section Navigation Links

Use the above links to navigate the Conservation Section