COVID-19 is drawing more visitors to Oak Creek, a creek that is already loved to death

COVID-19 is drawing more visitors to Oak Creek, a creek that is already loved to death

In the Oak Creek Watershed, harmful recreational use is impacting water quality, wildlife habitat, and scenic beauty. These impacts not only threaten the fragile riparian ecosystem but Sedona’s natural resources and quality of life. It is a collaborative effort to protect the Oak Creek Watershed. Read about partnering groups and how COVID-19 has worsened these impacts in the recent AZ Daily…

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.…

June Watershed Meeting- Climate Change in the Verde Valley

June Watershed Meeting- Climate Change in the Verde Valley

Please join us for a virtual meeting presentation through Zoom on June 11th, 9:30 a.m. Learn about the measures we’re taking with COVID-19 and how we’re continuing to protect Oak Creek during these unprecedented times. Then, join us for a presentation on Climate Change in the Verde Valley: In Sedona, climate change is impacting temperatures, water availability, and wildfire risk.…

Become an Oak Creek Steward

Become an Oak Creek Steward

Because of COVID-19, we are seeing massive increases in visitors fleeing to the creek and Sedona trails, which means increases in littering and habitat degradation, significantly impacting the fragile riparian ecosystem. And it’s an eye-sore! Our small team is working tirelessly to pick-up after visitors, so that creek sites are pristine upon their arrival, hopefully encouraging them to leave it…

A Busy Creek Season

A Busy Creek Season

Thanks to our volunteer cleanup efforts since 2019, there have been 3,105 pounds of trash removed from the watershed. Litter is not only an eye-sore, but it contributes to habitat and water quality degradation. Over the course of a year, we have educated over 1000 people and recruited over 240 volunteers, totaling 1,080 volunteer hours. We also recruited many volunteers…

Pickin’ Up in the Pines

Pickin’ Up in the Pines

Sunday, August 18th, 2019 Flagstaff, Arizona Need a pick me up? Come out to “Pickin’ Up in the Pines” a collaborative watershed clean-up event with the United States Forest Service, Dark Sky Brewing Company, REI Co-Op, and Oak Creek Watershed Council. For more information and to RSVP to this free event go to https://www.rei.com/events/93311/pickin-up-in-the-pines as space is limited!

Annual Labor Day Creek Cleanup!

Annual Labor Day Creek Cleanup!

Monday, September 2nd, 2019 Red Rock Crossing, Village of Oak Creek This Labor Day Weekend volunteers can meet Oak Creek Watershed Council at the Baldwin Trail parking lot at the end of Verde Valley School Road in the Village of Oak Creek. We will meet at 8:30 a.m. and have a safety talk. Then, we will distribute cleaning supplies and…