To follow are the (13) Tasks outlined in the Water Quality Improvement Grant application.
Task 1- Accounting, Clerical and Administrative - This task will be ongoing throughout the Program life and will include keeping accounting records, receiving and disbursing funds and preparing reimbursement requests for Program activities.
Task 2 - Program Technical Management - This will include preparing quarterly reports, performing inspections to assure compliance with design documents and approving of progress and final payments.
Task 3 - Website development - This task will include creating the Oak Creek Watershed Council Website and posting the water quality data from Oak Creek along with the past, present and future Program activities. The site will be updated quarterly with new and supplemental information from the Oak Creek Watershed Council including meeting minutes and the Watershed Based Plan, (WBP). This task will also include collecting available pertinent water quality data from a variety of sources. Friends of the Forest, Arizona State Parks, Coconino National Forest, DWR and other groups also collect water quality data. Summary results of this information will be made available to the public through the Oak Creek Watershed Council Webpage.
A site map of Oak Creek Canyon showing toilet and shower facilities and other pertinent site information will be posted to the website.
Task 4 - Interagency Partnering - This task involves sharing the coliform data collected by governmental agencies partnering in the Program. Discussions will be held bi-monthly to allow the collected data to be presented by each agency or group and to discuss the solutions for improving water quality in Oak Creek. The discussions will occur as part of regular Oak Creek Watershed Council meeting presentations and will also be used to solicit interagency cooperation in the design and construction of new sediment traps, showers, and public restrooms.
Task 5 - Keep Oak Creek Canyon Beautiful Program - The Keep Oak Creek Canyon Beautiful Anti-littering Program, managed by the Oak Creek Watershed Council, will organize a group of volunteers to meet the visiting recreational public entering Oak Creek Canyon during the three summer holiday weekends. Trash bags, trash dumpsters, signage and portable toilets will be provided to the public to assist them with the “Leave No Trace” form of recreation. T-shirts with a message will be sold and given away to promote the program. The media will provide a significant role in educating the public. Volunteers will be scheduled to provide daytime surveillance of problem recreational areas. Trash will be collected before and after the weekend to track the benefits of this program in reductions to trash and human waste deposits in Oak Creek Canyon.
Task 6 - Site Suitability - A site/soil suitability analysis will be performed for the Indian Gardens Visitor Center site and used for designing an appropriate on-site wastewater system. Collection of topographic and soil information will be performed in order to design the on-site wastewater system upgrade. The existing septic tank system will be investigated and evaluated.
Additionally, a site/soil suitability analysis will be performed adjacent to the Cave Springs campground showers for design purposes for the graywater treatment and disposal system.
In preparation for the Phase Two grant submittal in September 2004, one or two additional site/soil investigations will be performed for one or two additional shower facilities. The sites of the second and/or third showers are projected to be at Indian Gardens Visitor Center and/or Pine Flats Campground. The site investigation work will be performed as a part of this grant to determine if one or two more showers will be included in the Phase Two grant application in September 2004. The design criteria will be developed and conceptual designs prepared in Task 7. This will allow Coconino National Forest staff to budget and prepare for the archeological, biological, NEPA and master site plan work necessary to pursue a grant application for construction funding in September 2004.
In preparation for the Phase Two grant submittal in September 2004, a site/soil investigation and analysis will be performed at Slide Rock State Park to evaluate the suitability and location for treatment and disposal facilities. The design criteria will be developed and conceptual designs prepared in Task 7. This will allow State Park Staff to budget and prepare for the archeological, biological, NEPA and master site plan work necessary to pursue a grant application for construction funding in September 2004.
Task 7 - Design Restroom, On-site Wastewater Treatment System and Sediment Traps - The Indian Gardens Visitor Center wastewater treatment and disposal system and water supply, will be designed to accommodate future expansion of the public toilet facility and provide for the addition of future showers. The tank placement and disposal field location will provide area for expansion.
A treatment and disposal system will be designed at Cave Springs Campground to provide treatment and disposal of shower graywater effluent. The site has suitable and available land area to accept the waste flow. The capacity of the system will be designed to accommodate an anticipated peak daily flow of 1500 gallons per day.
The Indian Gardens Visitor Center restroom building will be constructed adjacent and connected to the existing visitor center or constructed as a separate structure as approved by Coconino National Forest Staff. One side of the existing building could be remodeled to accept one toilet and one urinal and the other side of building could have an addition to accept two more toilets. ADA requirements will be met for a unisex handicap toilet at this facility. The design of the restrooms, Phase Two future shower facilities and the on-site wastewater and graywater systems will require a partnering effort between Coconino National Forest, RRM (the Coconino National Forest concessionaire) and the designers. An architectural designer may design the facilities or they may be a prefabricated structure. The restroom facilities will be blended into the existing Indian Gardens Visitor Center architecture through similar materials and colors. Landscape features of the on-site system and the restrooms will be incorporated.
A site suitability analysis will be conducted for each sediment trap site that will include identification of the contributing watershed area, sediment loading potential, topographic features and constructability of the facilities. Following the Interagency Partnering discussions, sites will be selected for sediment trap facilities. Permission to design and construct the facilities will be obtained from property owners, Coconino National Forest and ADOT. The Oak Creek Canyon site map will be updated to identify the locations. Pictures will be taken to document the pre-existing conditions. It is expected that at least 10 sediment traps will be installed during the Program. The design of the sediment traps will require a partnering effort between the agency property owner (Coconino National Forest), private property owners, ADOT and the designer. Final location of the traps will establish the design parameters and constraints. A sediment trap may be designed for a 10-year storm event. On the other hand, a second supplementary site may be selected to install a second trap in series to accomplish the sediment removal necessary. Available local rock materials and landscape plantings will be specified to ensure environmental integration with the natural surroundings.
Based on the site/soil investigations and discussions with Coconino National Forest staff, future shower facilities will be conceptually designed and cost projected for the September 2004 grant cycle. The location of these facilities will be Pine Flats Campground or the Indian Gardens Visitor Center.
A determination will be made during the site/soil investigation for future showers to be located at Indian Gardens Visitor Center and/or Pine Flats Campground. A conceptual design will then be generated along with cost projections for Phase Two funding in the September 2004 grant cycle.
A design review with Slide Rock State Park Administration will be performed to determine the size and location of showers, new flush toilets and an on-site waste treatment and disposal system. A conceptual design will be generated along with cost projections for Phase Two funding in the September 2004 grant cycle.
Task 8 - Design Approval - It is anticipated that a number of agency approvals will be needed. Any work planned within the right of way for State Route 89A will need ADOT approval. The Coconino National Forest will need to review and approve the sediment trap plans on Coconino National Forest property. Coconino National Forest will need to review the restroom and shower facility designs.
The on-site wastewater treatment and graywater systems will first be reviewed and approved by the Coconino National Forest and then by the Coconino County Environmental Health Department. Coconino County will assist with site/soil investigations and determining any limiting site conditions.
Coconino County will need to perform site surveys of the proposed on-site wastewater and graywater disposal systems in order to determine any limiting site conditions as outlined in Task 6. Permit fees will be associated with these site visits and limiting site condition determinations.
Task 9 - Access Node Signage - Bi-lingual signs will be designed and installed at the most frequently used creekside recreation sites. These signs will convey the concepts being promoted to reduce litter and promote developed restroom sites during peak occupancy of Oak Creek Canyon. We plan to design, construct and install four trailhead signs.
Task 10 – On-site Wastewater and Graywater System Construction – Following Coconino National Forest and Coconino County review and approval of the on-site system designs, the wastewater treatment and disposal systems and water supply will be constructed by a licensed contractor and/or a composite of donor/hire resources committed to providing materials, labor and equipment services.
Following review and approval of the restroom facility, the building addition and toilet fixtures will be constructed by a licensed contractor and/or a composite of donor/hire resources committed to providing materials, labor and equipment services.
Following review and approval of the state, federal and private property owners, the sediment traps will be constructed by a licensed contractor, by volunteer efforts and/or a composite of donor/hire resources committed to providing materials, labor and equipment services. The Coconino National Forest has budgeted staff time to assist with site selection and management of contract personnel.
Task 11- Program Completion Workshop - An interagency/neighborhood workshop will be held to present the Program results. Program results will be posted on the Oak Creek Watershed Council Website. Even though water quality monitoring is not a part of this grant request, volunteers and Slide Rock State Park personnel will perform periodic water quality testing for coliform bacterium. The results will be made available on the Oak Creek Watershed Council Website.
Task 12 – Pilot Project to Mitigate Odor from Vault Toilets – Odor and corrosive gas reduces the publics’ desire to use these facilities. Frequently, interior air quality is without odor, however, vented gas creates an odor around and near the restrooms that discourages use. Through engineering and research we will attempt to locate a viable solution and test the performance and cost effectiveness of the odor reduction method chosen.
Task 13 – Final Report - A final report will be prepared that documents all design work, drawings, photos and other pertinent data. This report will be provided in hard copy and digital copy.
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