Oak Creek Ambassador Program

Oak Creek Ambassador Program

Stewardship Engagement In partnership with the United States Forest Service (USFS) and Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC), several young people spent the last six summers working on Oak Creek recreation sites, talking to visitors, picking up trash, human and dog waste, monitoring water quality, and making presentations at local and regional events. This program has engaged hundreds of volunteers, educated thousands,…

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…

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…