Settlers Rest Stormwater Pilot Project

Settlers Rest Stormwater Pilot Project

2015 OCWC invites the local watershed community to participate in an exciting Workshop in April or May to learn low-cost ways to improve your landscape and help keep Oak Creek clean! Help clean the watershed by landscaping your yard to help spread and sink stormwater that could carry sediment including bacteria that pollutes Oak Creek. Community Workshops This is a…

Settlers Rest Workshop Reports

Settlers Rest Workshop Reports

The reports that follow are on the Settlers Rest Stormwater Pilot Project that were held in April and May 2015 to teach the local watershed community low-cost ways to improve their landscape and help keep Oak Creek clean. May and June Clean Water Workshops The May and June Clean Water Workshops at the Unity of Sedona project site were incredibly productive. Working and learning…

Friends of Oak Creek

Friends of Oak Creek

Friends of Oak Creek are the core volunteer force of the Oak Creek Watershed Council. They are the heart of all our work around the Oak Creek area.  If you are looking for a closer connection to your community and the environment, the Friends of Oak Creek are for you! Friends of Oak Creek orchestrate creek and trailhead cleanups, make…

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…

OCWIP – Planning Process

OCWIP – Planning Process

Tasks in Developing the WIC, WIP & BMP Implementation The planning process – from developing a Watershed Improvement Coalition, and subsequent smaller decision-making group, Watershed Improvement Committee (WIC) to developing a Watershed Improvement Plan (WIP) and the implementation best management practices (BMPs) mitigating for E. coli – requires multiples tasks. As an overview of the planning process, the tasks involved begin with…

OCWIP – Project Goals & Objectives

OCWIP – Project Goals & Objectives

The Water Quality Improvement Grant funds will be used to identify and mitigate sources of E. coli bacteria loading within the Oak Creek watershed so that this pollutant can be removed from Arizona’s “impaired” waters list. This will be accomplished in two phases. Phase I is a year-long process that begins with the primary objective of developing a watershed improvement coalition, a…

OCWIP – Project Summary

OCWIP – Project Summary

The Oak Creek watershed comprises approximately 300,000 acres in central Arizona and includes five major tributaries between the headwaters in Fry Canyon and the confluence with the Verde River south of Cornville. In spite of multiple efforts and funding during the last 20 years to identify and eliminate sources of fecal contamination to Oak Creek, impairment by the fecal coliform…