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Clean Water Starts With Me!

Keeping our desert waterways clean starts with you. Every year, during the monsoon season, it is easy for stormwater runoff to pick up pollutants, such as grease, fertilizer, pesticide and trash, along the way and to deposit the contaminants in our fragile desert washes. Over time, pollutants can accumulate in washes, where they may harm wildlife.

Tell us what you know about stormwater pollution and the importance of clean water and take the Clean Water Survey!

Keeping our water clean

Learn how you can help protect the environment as a conscious commuter, neighbor, citizen or business by reading the following tips and applying them in your everyday lifestyle.

Common stormwater pollutants

  • Oil and engine fluids
  • Soap and residues from car washing
  • Litter
  • Pet waste
  • Household hazardous wastes and products
  • Fertilizers
  • Pesticides, herbicides and insecticides
  • Yard waste
  • Eroded Soil

Be a conscious commuter

  • Keep your vehicle leak free
  • Properly dispose of oil and automotive fluids
  • Use commercial car washes
  • Use alternative transportation

Be a good neighbor

Be a good citizen

  • Don’t litter
  • Pick up after your pets
  • Practice good horse keeping
  • Harvest rainwater
  • Report Illegal Dumping
  • Clean up litter in the community
  • Plant trees

Make it your business

  • Keep company vehicles and parking lots free of leaking fluids
  • Do not clean equipment outside near stormdrains
  • Store chemicals appropriately
  • Use landscape chemicals sparingly
  • Harvest rainwater
  • Pick up trash on your property
  • Keep dumpsters closed and leak free
  • Recycle
  • Follow stormwater protocols at construction sites

Watershed Pocket Guide

The Tucson Regional Watershed Map illustrates a comprehensive approach to understanding and protecting our watershed by:  

  • Provideing a practical guide to stormwater pollution prevention
  • Explaining how water can pick up pollution as it flows to the fragile desert waterways
  • Providing a 3D birds-eye view of our region
  • Helping the reader get to know, explore, understand the water system
  • Encouraging the reader to reduce one's human impact on our watershed 

LID Case Studies Inventory Map

Pima County Regional Flood Control District and the Low Impact Development Working Group created a regional inventory of award winning case study sites and the Low Impact Development Case Study Map, which demonstrate excellence in designs that heal the watershed. Also, view the case study key and additionally the Inventory Site Addresses.

The LID Case Studies Map can be viewed on mobile devices via Avenza PDF Maps, by following the below steps.

1. Download the free App

Download PDF Maps on the App StoreAndroid app on Google Play

2. Copy URL:
 3. Open PDF Maps app and go to Maps. Click on “+" to import map
 4. Paste URL to “From the Web” to import LID Case Studies Inventory Map. Enjoy!

Get to Know Your Neighborhood Wash: They Are Ours to Protect!

One of the goals of "Clean Water Starts With Me!" is to aid the community stewardship of our valuable desert waterways. Click on the map to learn the names and locations of our local watersheds and nearest desert rivers. Share your knowledge with your neighbors to help decrease pollutant stress on our stormwater quality.

These maps were produced by TerraSystems Southwest for Watershed Management Group, using data from Pima County and the City of Tucson.

Campaign Awards & Accomplishments

The “Clean Water Starts With Me” campaign has received the following recognition: 

  • PAG contributed materials from the campaign to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Non-Point Source Outreach Toolbox as sample materials to help other communities develop effective targeted outreach campaigns for stormwater pollution prevention.
  • The campaign received a first-place award at the 2009 National Association of Flood and Stormwater Agencies’ (NAFSMA) conference. The “Excellence in Communication Award” was in the “Improvement in Water Quality” category. PAG coordinated with the Town of Oro Valley to submit the outreach program, which promotes stormwater pollution prevention. On Oct. 22, 2009, the Town accepted the trophy on behalf of PAG. NAFSMA represents more than 100 public agencies that conduct stormwater and flood management activities. The City of Tucson and Town of Oro Valley are members.

Clean Water Starts With Me! Partners


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