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creekThe next time you’re enjoying one of the many popular spots along Oak Creek, don’t be surprised if someone approaches you with some helpful information on how to keep the land and water clean in that area.

On July 1, a summer outreach program began which “focuses on building awareness of the impact of recreation activities on the quality of water and health of Oak Creek,” according to a recent press release issued by the Oak Creek Watershed Council.

The program is jointly sponsored by the council, the Coconino Rural Environmental Corps and the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest, under a grant provided by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The grant covers the costs of a variety of projects with an emphasis on its public education ambassador program. Clad in Oak Creek Watershed Council T-shirts, the ambassadors have been visiting heavy-use sites within the Oak Creek corridor, greeting visitors, picking up litter and speaking about ways to reduce E. coli bacteria levels in the creek ....

For the full story, see the Friday, July 19, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.


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  • lin chang

    How come the Sedona Red Rock News, when it playing toot the horn for the U.S. Forest Service, never shows the costs to the taxpayer. Great they are picking up trash in the Canyon and installing a tiolet at Midgely Bridge, but for how much tax dollars? Grants come from somewhere and could be used elsewhere. I would guess they are spending 50K for 4 ambassadors for 3-6 months and 75K for a Midgley toilet? So at least 100K of tax dollars whether ADEQ or Fed dollars. Is it really making a difference with a 100K expenditure? Of course the USFS proclaims such as their office drones (who rarely get into Oak Creek Canyon are getting part of their their salaries covered by the grant too.

    I drive up Oak Creek Canyon daily and the trash/litter seems to have increased since the ambassadors started?

  • lin chang

    Reduce E. coli in Oak Creek Canyon? Make Slide Rock State Park (SRSP);
    -limit the number of visitors per day (right now it goes up to 2000 swimmers a day)
    -take their water quality tests on summer holidays (Saturday and Sundays) not in the middle of the week. SRSP has intentionally changed its water testing days to midweek so they do not have to close for unsafe e. coli levels on their busy money making Sundays and Mondays.
    And why does the USFS not test water quality at Grasshopper Point and Crescent Moon? On summer weekends there are 100's of swimmers (including children) at these creek spots, with RRM making lots of recreation fee money.
    If Oak Creek Watershed Coalition REALLY wanted to reduce e. coli they would target SRSP and the USFS, not picnickers along the road in Oak Creek Canyon.

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