Ambassadors: Year-by-Year Breakdown

Ambassadors: Year-by-Year Breakdown

Ambassadors 2016, 2017, 2018 From 2016-2018 our Ambassadors were busy working with USFS along Fossil Creek each summer. This agreement between Oak Creek Watershed Council and USFS Red Rock Ranger District allowed for our Ambassadors to be present during high-use times accomplishing necessary creekside contact, outreach and education, trash removal, erosion control projects, and water quality sampling. We found that…

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

Oak Creek Watershed Council embraces the philosophy of Leave No Trace. According to Wikipedia, Leave No Trace is a set of principles for participation in outdoor recreation that seeks to minimize the impact on the natural environment. Proponents of Leave No Trace believe that individual impacts caused by recreation can accumulate to degrade the land. Therefore, the Leave No Trace…

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 2020, Oak Creek Ambassadors are sampling at several Oak Creek Canyon day-use sites. This project is supported by a grant from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. The goal of this sampling effort is to understand E. coli and visitor-use trends over busy weekends. Moreover, this data will help gauge the effectiveness of roadside pullout closures under the Oak…