Watershed News: November 2016
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City of Safford Encourages Participation in AquaHawk Program


The City of Safford launched a new program and they are encouraging utilities users to sign up. AquaHawk Alerting notifies participants when there are potential leaks in the home that can cause damages and large utility bills. These notifications can be sent by email, text, or phone.

Learn more about AquaHawk and how to sign up at the next Gila Watershed Partnership meeting on November 9th, 2016 at 7pm in the Main Assembly Room of the Graham County General Services Building (921 Thatcher Blvd, Safford, AZ).

For more information on AquaHawk, visit
THANK YOU from the Gila Native Plant Nursery!
After getting knocked back by the hail storm last month, we were humbled by the amount of support we received from the community while we cleaned up and made repairs. We received $1,000 in donations, which will allow us to make all of the repairs necessary at the nursery. Thanks so much for your help!

Planting celebration

If you would like to continue to support GWP, you can donate at our website: For those of you interested in supporting GWP by volunteering, we currently offer nursery volunteer hours Monday afternoons, Thursday mornings, and by request. Contact for more information.
Watershed Project Updates
Providing Native Plants
for Restoration
Engaging Youth in
Outdoor Experiences

Grasses in Jiffy Plugs

GWP's Justin Johnson has been working t
his past month to switch over to a hybrid form of sub-irrigation for the grasses we produce in JiffyPlugs, a small peat moss growing medium. This will allow us to more easily manage moisture levels in the plugs, greatly increasing the quality of the plants while decreasing production costs. The JiffyPlugs are used to produce large quantities of native grasses, which can be efficiently planted in large fields to produce native seed on a commercial scale. We're excited to have taken another step forward in our goal of increasing the regional abundance of native seed.​
The fall restoration season is in full swing! Our Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC) crew and Boulder Creek heavy equipment operators have started on the ground clearing tamarisk in Pima. We will also be helping the Town of Clifton with some tamarisk removal near the Zorilla Street Bridge this fall.

We are recruiting for our spring crew that will start in January 2017. Youth ages 18-25 looking for a national service experience should contact our AZCC Field Coordinator John Leary at
Botanical Etymology of the Gila Watershed
Celtis ehrenbergiana - spiny hackberry
Celtis ehrenbergiana (formerly palida), or spiny hackberry is a locally prevalent shrub in the hemp family. In the fall, the large shrubs are full of ripe orange fruits. These fruits are a reminder of the monsoon rains and are a subtly sweet treat for humans and wildlife. In the spring these shrubs attract numerous butterflies to their discrete white flowers.

Celtis, classical Latin name for hackberry.

named for Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg, 19th century German naturalist. He is most know for the Egrenberg Collections - thousands of microscopic samples and preparations describing new species during his lifetime- held at the University of Berlin. 
Photo Source: Firefly Forest. Etymology Source: Allred, Kelly W. (2012). Flora Neomexicana II: Glossarium Nominum Second Edition; Botanary 2016:; 2016
Watershed Events
• We welcome new volunteers at the Gila Native Plant Nursery every Monday afternoon and Thursday morning at EAC's Discovery Park Campus.
 Conservation Day @ EAC's Discovery Park November 29th. 

• 2016 Fire Ecology Conference, November 18-December 2, 2016, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson AZ


Thank you to our Partners:

AZ Department of Agriculture 
AZ Department of Environmental Quality
AZ Department of Transportation
AZ Game and Fish Department
AZ State Land Department
City of Safford
Eastern Arizona College
Farm Bureau
Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
Gila Valley Irrigation District
Gila Valley NRCD
Graham County
Graham County Chamber of Commerce
Greenlee County
Greenlee County Cattle Growers
Natural Resource Conservation Service
Southwest Decision Resources
Tamarisk Coalition
Town of Clifton
Town of Duncan
Town of Pima
Town of Thatcher
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Forest Service – Apache-Sitgreaves and Coronado
U of A Cooperative Extension
U of A Water Resource Research Center
And many Community Members
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Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 1614
Thatcher, AZ 85552

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