Catlow Shipek

Catlow Shipek,

Policy and Technical Director,

Watershed Management Group 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021,

2:30-3:30 pm,

an ASA Zoom Webinar*

This webinar is sponsored

by the Sustainability Committee

A watershed is a geographical delineation based on the flow of surface water, but is also used to describe a turning point at which a movement in one direction or the other will lead to very different outcomes.  With the southwestern United States in a period of extreme drought, we may be in a watershed moment in both senses, with renewed stewardship critical to restoring our watershed health and resilience. 

We will explore how rainwater harvesting fosters landscape stewardship to promote watershed health. By creating regenerative landscapes at home and scaling efforts across our communities to passively capture and infiltrate rainwater to support native plants, we can realize such benefits as enhanced water security, reduced flooding, diminished heat, and restored creeks and rivers. Rainwater harvesting project examples will be shared along with additional resources to help you take action. There will be time for questions and reflecting on the potential to benefits to you, your community, and the larger landscape ecosystem health and resilience.

Catlow Shipek is a founding member of the local nonprofit organization, Watershed Management Group, which provides educational resources and classes on land stewardship and sustainable rainwater collection, and offers assistance in greywater and rain harvesting designs.  Catlow received an MSc in Watershed Management from the University of Arizona, and has over 15 years of experience in green stormwater infrastructure, stream restoration, and eco-sanitation ranging from neighborhood-scale to watershed-scale planning and policy. He has served on the Citizens’ Water Advisory Committee for Tucson Water, the advisory board for the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, and currently serves on the Tucson Complete Streets Coordinating Council. Catlow’s passion is to link people to their local environment for improved stewardship and prosperity.

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Written by Denice Smith, Academy Village Volunteer, with Catlow Shipek

Feb 24: “Rainwater Harvesting for Watershed Health”