Macroinvertebrate Surveys

Macroinvertebrate Surveys

Soil erosion is impacting the ecological health of Oak Creek. When excessive sediment settles on the stream bottom it suffocates aquatic insects (a.k.a. benthic macroinvertebrates) that are key food prey items for fish and other wildlife. Sediment also serves as a reservoir for fecal contaminants (E. coli bacteria). Sedimentation occurs from erosion, which can be contributed to over-use of swimming…

Pet Waste Station (PWS) Program

Pet Waste Station (PWS) Program

Every gram of dog feces contains an average of 23 million E.coli bacteria, which poses a health threat for recreators swimming in Oak Creek. The PWS program identified locations within the Oak Creek corridor as potential sites for Gladiator pet waste stations. Every gram of dog feces contains an average of 23 million E.coli bacteria, which poses a health threat…

2018 Water Quality Field Days

2018 Water Quality Field Days

On October 23-25th 2018, Oak Creek Watershed Council hosted Verde Valley students at Red Rock State Park for Water Quality Field Days. Six middle school classes, a total of 160 Verde Valley students, attended WQFD and participated in being “Citizen Scientists” and environmental stewards for their local waterways. Oak Creek Watershed Council partnered with the UofA Cooperative Extension Mobile Water Quality Lab.…

Water Sampling

Water Sampling

In 2017 and 2018 Oak Creek Ambassadors worked with ADEQ and Red Rock Ranger District to install an E. coli processing lab at the Red Rock Ranger Station. Ambassadors were trained by ADEQ to collect and process E. coli samples collected at 5 sampling sites along Fossil Creek. In 2014, the Oak Creek Sampling Program was implemented focusing on ephemeral…

Member Agencies of Oak Creek Watershed Council

There is a collective body of resources to be found among the member agencies of the Oak Creek Watershed Council. APS | website Arizona NEMO | website Arizona Department of Environmental Quality | website Arizona Department of Water Resources | website Arizona Game and Fish Department | website Arizona State Parks | website, Red Rock State Park, and Slide Rock State Park City of Sedona, Arizona | website Coconino County | website Coconino…

Oak Creek Watershed Improvement Plan (OCWIP)

Oak Creek Watershed Improvement Plan (OCWIP)

Posted June 18, 2013 The Oak Creek Watershed Council (OCWC) has completed the final version of the Oak Creek Watershed Improvement Plan (OCWIP) and it has been approved by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.  The OCWIP is a “living” document, however, and your comments, questions, or recommendations are always welcome by sending the OCWC an email (info@oakcreekwatershed.org) or by mail at:…

OCWIP-Related Downloads

OCWIP-Related Downloads

Posted June 18, 2013 For your convenience, downloads related to the Oak Creek Watershed Improvement Plan (OCWIP) can be found in this article. OCWIP – Complete Download HERE Oak Creek E. coli TMDL HERE Grant Overview HERE Additional Documentation Watershed Improvement Plan Grant Manual 2008 HERE Watershed Improvement Plan Technical Guide HERE RAM Survey Form – Nutrients HERE Oak Creek Watershed Map – ADEQ HERE Oak Creek Watershed…

OCWIP – Outreach and Public Involvement

OCWIP – Outreach and Public Involvement

Encouraging Active and Broad Citizen Participation Our preferred method of encouraging active and broad citizen participation in the Watershed Improvement Coalition is to identify landowners and/or business owners as well as other key stakeholders and to contact them directly. Information on landownership on Oak Creek is readily available on Yavapai County and Coconino County GIS websites, and the major landowner…