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Southwestern Deserts

July, 2009
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Arizona Municipal Water Users Association Poolside Plants
Poolside plants contend with extreme reflected heat and full sun. You also want plants that don't drop a tremendous amount of litter, which can clog equipment. Before installing plants near your swimming pool or spa, check out these plants suggested by the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association.

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Master Watershed Steward Course
This ten-week course will cover Arizona's watershed issues and water resources. Modeled after Master Gardener volunteer programs, classes will be taught by University of Arizona faculty and other professionals, and those who complete the class will have volunteer opportunities at the new Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center surrounded by a beautiful wetland in the heart of Phoenix.

Classes begin Tuesday, July 28th, 2009 in Phoenix and will be held every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. to 12 noon through September at the Rio Salado Audubon Center. The cost is $50.00, which includes all materials. Applications are due by July 15th. For more information or to request an application, please contact Summer Waters, Water Resources Extension Agent, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, (602) 390-2798, or


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