Stormwater Pollution Mitigation: A Partnership with the City of Sedona and OCWC

Stormwater Pollution Mitigation: A Partnership with the City of Sedona and OCWC

In partnership with the City of Sedona, OCWC hosts cleanup events that encourage residents of the greater Sedona area to learn about stormwater pollution, the sub-basins and watersheds within the Oak Creek Watershed and Sedona area, and how they can play an important role in protecting Oak Creek. Here are some steps you can take to ensure you do not…

Pickin’ Up in the Pines 2022

Pickin’ Up in the Pines 2022

May 25th and other dates TBD The Coconino National Forest, National Forest Foundation, Oak Creek Watershed Council, and the Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality invite you to Pickin’ Up in the Pines!  Join us to clean up camping areas in the forests that are the headwaters of Oak Creek canyon.  In advance of major holiday weekends, get outside, clean up…

Spring Watershed Meeting

Spring Watershed Meeting

Join us for our Spring Watershed Public Meeting on Zoom. We’ll highlight our 2022 projects, volunteer opportunities, and will learn about the Sedona Climate Action Plan. In Sedona, climate change is impacting temperatures, water availability, and wildfire risk. These changes threaten Sedona’s natural resources, economy, infrastructure, and quality of life. Alicia Peck, Sustainability Manager for the City of Sedona, will…

Voluntourism

Voluntourism

In partnership with the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, OCWC hosts cleanup events that encourage visitors to the greater Sedona area to “give back” while learning about the geology, ecology, and other issues pertinent to the watershed. By participating in these events, visitors can visit scenic areas along Oak Creek, red rock country, and northern Arizona forests while making a positive…

June Watershed Meeting: Oak Creek is Important Habitat for the Narrow-headed Gartersnake

June Watershed Meeting: Oak Creek is Important Habitat for the Narrow-headed Gartersnake

Notice of MeetingJune 10th4:00-5:00 pm (Arizona) The narrow-headed gartersnake (Thamnophis rufipunctatus) is federally threatened. Karina Cocks, a Northern Arizona University graduate student, has worked at the NAU captive breeding program for narrow-headed gartersnakes for several years and has led field surveys for the species in Oak Creek. Learn more about NAU’s captive breeding program and why Oak Creek is an essential habitat…

Pickin’ Up in the Pines 2021

Pickin’ Up in the Pines 2021

May 26th and September 15th The Coconino National Forest, National Forest Foundation, Oak Creek Watershed Council, and the Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality invite you to Pickin’ Up in the Pines!  Join us to clean up camping areas in the forests that are the headwaters of Oak Creek canyon.  In advance of major holiday weekends, get outside, clean up trash,…

March Watershed Meeting: Closing Social Trails to Reduce Erosion and Transport of E. coli to Oak Creek

March Watershed Meeting: Closing Social Trails to Reduce Erosion and Transport of E. coli to Oak Creek

Notice of Meeting March 11th 4:00-5:00 pm It Takes a Village: Closing Social Trails to ReduceErosion and Transport of E. coli to Oak Creek Ron Tiller, PhD, Senior Environmental Scientist with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, will present on the collaborative effort to close and rehabilitate social trails in Oak Creek Canyon. This project is paired with the completion…

September Watershed Meeting: Traffic, Visitation, Litter- Protecting an area that is loved to death

September Watershed Meeting: Traffic, Visitation, Litter- Protecting an area that is loved to death

Notice of Meeting September 10th 4:00-5:00 pmTraffic, Visitation, Litter: Protecting an area that is loved to death Join us on September 10th for an interactive virtual meeting with Zoom. Learn about the visitor impacts threatening the health of Oak Creek, and what the Oak Creek Watershed Council, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, City of Sedona, and Traffic Matters are working…

Virtual Trash Pick-Up Challenge- July 5th-12th

Virtual Trash Pick-Up Challenge- July 5th-12th

Are you tired of seeing trash at your favorite outdoor spots?   We’re partnering with our friends at Friends of the Verde River to host a virtual trash pick-up challenge! This challenge, to be held July 5-12, encourages the greater Verde Valley community to pick up as much trash as possible from along our waterways and other vital habitats within the Verde Watershed.…