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Directory of those who give their time and focus to the Oak Creek Watershed Council HERE.


Staff drive the day-to-day operations of the OCWC and are committed to maintaining a standard of excellence for watershed stewardship and preserving the integrity of Oak Creek.

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The Oak Creek Watershed Council (OCWC), formerly the Oak Creek Canyon Task Force, was organized in 1994 by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) as an informal watershed group, and evolved into a community-driven non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization on September 11, 2003.
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This Watershed Based Plan (formerly Watershed Restoration Action Strategy…WRAS) took over two years to prepare and represents the combined efforts of all members of the Oak Creek Watershed Council. This Plan is a work-in-progress document. Frequent review, changes, and updates are encouraged.

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This directory reflects the people who give their time and focus to the Oak Creek Watershed Council, our board of directors, our staff, and our interns.

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Cordel was born and raised in the arid landscapes of the American Southwest. Through his experiences living in the Southwest he has seen the value and importance of creating and maintaining clean, conscious, and informed watershed communities. A graduate of Coconino Community College with an AA in Arts and Science, he is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Sustainability and Education. Cordel is also a recent Americorps Alumni who served five terms with the Arizona Conservation Corps as an environmental technician and steward.

During his first term with the Arizona Conservation Corps in 2014, Cordel first discovered the Oak Creek Watershed Council, and truly got to experience the sense of fulfillment that comes with being an Ambassador and Environmental Steward. He was so inspired by that first term with the Oak Creek Watershed Council and the Arizona Conservation Corps that he and Dalton Zanetti began working together volunteering their time to make the documentary “Loved to Death: The Story of Oak Creek” which was featured in the 2015 Sedona Film Festival, and is still an educational tool in use today.

Cordel recently rejoined the Oak Creek Watershed Council after serving out the remainder of his terms with AZCC. During his last term as a Mentor and Crew Leader for the Arizona Conservation Corps, he was responsible for leading a crew of four National Service Volunteers under the direction of the United States Forest Service in order to help implement, and provide feedback for the Comprehensive River Management Plan for Fossil Creek Wild and Scenic River. He is excited to be back as an ambassador and is looking forward to another great year inspiring environmental stewardship, and sustainable water practices within the Verde Watershed Community and beyond.

Dalton holds a BS in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Chemistry through Northern Arizona University. He has a few different positions within the OCWC including Operations Coordinator, Liaison to the Verde Watershed Ambassadors, Water Sample Supervisor, and City of Sedona Stormwater Outreach Coordinator. Dalton is responsible for scheduling public events including cleanups and education events, overseeing the day to day operations of the Verde Watershed Ambassadors, and overseeing water quality collection and data. Since the summer of 2014, he has created two short films about different OCWC projects: "Loved to Death: The Story of Oak Creek" and "Put A L.I.D. On It." He is also the unofficial photographer for the OCWC and keeps photographic records of all the OCWC events. You can see Dalton as one of the stars in our commercial titled "Let's Keep Mother Nature Sexy." Oak Creek is close to his home in Flagstaff, so he strives to help maintain its pristine ecosystem.

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