To follow are brief profiles for our member agencies.
The goal of Arizona NEMO (Non-point Education for Municipal Officials) is to educate land use decision makers to make choices and take actions that will lessen nonpoint source pollution and protect natural resources. This goal is accomplished by non-regulatory, research-based education using geospatial information and other advanced technologies for outreach, education, analysis and research. NEMO is working with The University of Arizona, ADEQ and the Water Resources Research Center to increase awareness among county and city officials, stakeholders, and others about how personal decisions impact water quality.
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's Water Quality Division is responsible for the carrying out the mandates of the Arizona Environmental Quality Act (EQA) and the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). These regulations require the State to establish water quality standards for aquifers and surface waters, conduct water quality monitoring and assessments, develop total maximum daily load studies on impaired waterbodies and to develop watershed plans, with local stakeholders, aimed at improving water quality through both permitted and voluntary programs. The Division's compliance section provides technical assistance, conduct inspections of both wastewater and drinking water facilities and permit compliance oversight to ensure proper discharge, disposal and/or reuse of wastewater and to ensure the safe provision of drinking water.
Arizona Department of Water Resources
The Arizona Department of Water Resources works to secure long-term dependable water supplies for Arizona's communities. The Department administers and enforces Arizona’s groundwater code, and surface water rights laws (except those related to water quality); negotiates with external political entities to protect Arizona's Colorado River water supply; oversees the use of surface and groundwater resources under state jurisdiction; and represents Arizona in discussions of water rights with the federal government. In addition, the Department explores methods of augmenting water supplies to meet future demands, and develops policies that promote conservation and equitable distribution of water. Rural watershed website.
Arizona State Parks
Arizona State Parks protects and preserves 27 State Parks and Natural Areas, including some of the most unique cultural, recreational and natural sites in Arizona. Step back into Arizona's past at 9 historic and cultural parks, or focus on fun and fitness at 21 recreational parks and natural areas across the state. With hundreds of on-going ranger-led activities, we offer a broad spectrum of recreational experiences: from fishing and boating to camping and hiking, to painting in the parks to learning more about history and watching wildlife.
In addition, the agency also includes the State Trails Program, outdoor-related Grants Program, the State Historic Preservation Office, as well as the Off-Highway Vehicle Program, and more. Arizona State Parks manages 7 of the top 25 most visited natural attractions in Arizona and serves over 2.3 million visitors a year, approximately 50% visiting from out-of-state. Whether you're road-tripping or taking a day-trip, there are opportunities for every traveler.
Coconino County Health Department
The Coconino County Health Department (CCHD) provides an array of activities designed to promote and protect the health of the people of Coconino County. The CCHD educates the public about public health issues and provides medical care, education, and information to the community, through a variety of programs and services.
Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc.
Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc. is Sedona area's first conservation organization, and has been preserving our unique natural environment since 1972. Today, our volunteer organization has a membership of Sedona area friends, neighbors, visitors, and business owners who share an appreciation for Sedona's natural beauty and small town charm. This red rock country is not just quiet azure skies above red rock palisades; it is also litter-free roadways, gentle but effective signage, awesome starry night skies, plenty of protected open spaces, buildings and landscaping in harmony with the environment, and so much more
KSB's accomplishments are many: acquiring land to add to our Coconino National Forest; educating homeowners on Native Plant use; protecting our area’s awesome star-filled night skies through outdoor light pollution monitoring; advocating quiet skies; bringing authorities to the area to educate our community on pertinent nature and conservation issues; and managing Litter Lifters, a dedicated volunteer corps who clean up litter from more than 60 miles of streets and roads in our area. For more information, go to www.keepsedonabeautiful.org or call 928-282-4938.
Master Watershed Steward Program
The Master Watershed Steward Program is a partnership between the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, providing participants with science-based and locally-relevant information. The MWS Program educates and trains citizens across the state of Arizona to serve as volunteers in the protection, restoration, monitoring, and conservation of their water and watersheds. We offer trainings, classes and opportunities to engage people in addressing and sharing the knowledge of their local watershed issues.
U.S. Forest Service
Established in 1905, the Forest Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. National forests and grasslands encompass 191 million acres (77.3 million hectares) of land, which is an area equivalent to the size of Texas. The job of Forest Service managers is to help people share and enjoy the forest, while conserving the environment for generations yet to come.