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Arizona Daily Sun

NPA students learn Oak Creek threats -- litter-ally

November 18, 2014 MICHELLE McMANIMON Sun Staff Reporter
Northland Preparatory Academy’s seventh-graders rolled up their sleeves and got a little dirty at Oak Creek during a hands-on lesson about waterway contamination... Article HERE

Trash and trail conflicts require local response

November 7, 2014
There’s nothing like world-class natural beauty to attract a crowd. And crowds, unless managed, can diminish the very things they came for: the untrammeled scenery and awesome silence... Article HERE / PDF HERE

Tons of trash weigh down Oak Creek

October 23, 2014
By EMERY COWAN Sun Staff Reporter
"Locals have long said that Oak Creek is being loved to death. New data from a local nonprofit makes the saying even harder to argue..." Article HERE

Not everyone excited over reopening

October 7, 2014
From the perspective of residents in the area, the Slide Fire felt a little bit like someone from out of town coming in and torching their home, Emerick said. And now those people are back... Full article HERE

Oak Creek traffic curbs nixed

June 08, 2014
By ERIC BETZ, Sun Staff Reporter
On an average summer weekend in Oak Creek Canyon, nearly every roadside space that can reasonably fit a car will be used as parking. On the creek beaches below, almost every flat rock will see swimmers and sun bathers...Full article HERE

The Bigger Picture

April 4, 2014
By Taylor Mahoney/Arizona Daily Sun
MARIE MCCORMICK, left, from the Oak Creek Watershed Council, demonstrates during STEM night at the Skydome Wednesday the way pollutants get carried downstream and spread through the Oak Creek watershed using a topographic relief map and spray bottle... Newspaper scan HERE


AZ - The Arizona Republic online

Oak Creek ambassadors document pollution

April 6, 2015 Supported by a grant from Arizona's Department of Environmental Quality, four people spent several months cleaning up Sedona's Oak Creek Canyon and documenting their work in Loved to Death: The Story of Oak Creek.... Video interview with OCWC's Dalton Zanetti HERE


Camp Verde Bugle

Toilet installed at Midgley Bridge Trailhead

April 24, 2014
An accessible toilet is being installed and an accessible path will be built from the parking lot to the restroom.  As there was no toilet previously at the trailhead, this addition should assist in reducing pollutants from reaching the Oak Creek Watershed.  This work is possible through a grant received from the Oak Creek Watershed Council, administered by Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's water quality improvement grant program... Full article HERE


Keep Arizona Beautiful

End of Summer “Deep Clean” in Oak Creek Removes 348 Pounds of Litter

September 3, 2015
As high recreation season ends, the Oak Creek Watershed Council (OCWC) and volunteer groups are out in full force working to clean up trash, pet and human waste from the Oak Creek Canyon. Partnering with the Coconino National Forest Red Rock Ranger district and with volunteers from Miller Coors, the Arizona Water Company, the Friends of Oak Creek and the Oak Creek Ambassadors, the first annual Oak Creek Canyon Deep Clean resulted in the removal of 248 pounds of trash, pet and human waste, and 100 pounds of recyclable materials – for a total of 348 pounds of litter... Full article HERE


KNAU online

ADEQ Grant to Fund Pollution Cleanup on Oak Creek

October 22, 2014
"The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has awarded a grant to clean up a polluted section of Oak Creek in Sedona. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, storm runoff from private property and recreation areas triggered high levels of E. coli in the area..." Full article HERE


NAZ Today

Documentary Exposes Tourists' Environmental Impact on Oak Creek Area

November 3, 2014
Documentary producer Dalton Zanetti explains how the film will open viewers' eyes on how they can help to preserve Oak Creek's natural beauty, and understand how recreation has an effect on the creek. Full posting with overview video HERE

Oak Oak Creek Canyon Affected by Visitor Trash

Oct 24, 2014
...Oak Creek Canyon, a popular recreation spot in Sedona, has recently been collating a lot of trash and waste in the area. The Oak Creek Watershed's Council Ambassadors Program has been recording the waste by pound to keep track of pollution in the area. This year they have recorded 3,736 pounds of trash... Full article HERE  |  VIDEO HERE

Arizona Hydrology Society 2015 Symposium Highlights Oak Creek Watershed

August 20, 2015
...Local geology experts will host an Arizona Hydrology Society (AHS) symposium field trip on Saturday, September 19th in the Oak Creek Watershed emphasizing pressing issues of drought, water security, and water quality across Arizona. Full article HERE

Watershed Council Pilots Water-Slowing Landscaping Project to Confront Pollution

July 30, 2015
...Residents of Settler’s Rest Neighborhood in West Sedona partner with the OCWC to address stormwater pollution and erosion issues in west Sedona neighborhood. Full article HERE

Loved to Death: The Story of Oak Creek

Nov. 3, 2014
...The Oak Creek Ambassadors have taken it upon themselves to address this issue through organized clean ups and public education. Their efforts have been chronicled in an informational documentary, titled Loved to Death: The Story of Oak Creek which will premiere Tuesday, November 4 at Wanderlust Brewing Co. Full article HERE

Oak Creek Watershed Council Awarded $120,040 Grant by ADEQ

October 24, 2014 address and control polluted runoff in the Carroll Canyon drainage. Mitigation will focus on the Settlers Rest neighborhood in West Sedona, located near the top of Carrol Canyon. Full article HERE

Oak Creek Watershed Council Awarded $165,988 Grant by ADEQ

February 10, 2014
The Oak Creek Watershed Council (OCWC) has been awarded $165,988 in direct funding by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) water quality improvement grant program through the federal Clean Water Act, administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and is intended to address continued polluted runoff from multiple sources in the Oak Creek corridor... Full article HERE

Oak Creek Watershed Council Volunteers become “Friends of Oak Creek”

February 15, 2013
The Oak Creek Watershed Council (OCWC) has registered its volunteer group with the state as ‘Friends of Oak Creek (FOC)’ and has openings for community residents who wish to volunteer their time towards improving the water quality of Oak Creek, as well as tackling other watershed issues... Full article HERE


Sedona Red Rock News

Ambassadors pick up 5K pounds of creek trash in past 3 months

September 18, 2015
Spanning more than three months this summer, almost 5,000 pounds of trash was removed from Oak Creek...While two Ambassadors were needed daily to operate an educational terrain model table at Slide Rock State Park, six others collected a total of 4,973 pounds of trash along Oak Creek, from Turkey Creek to Sterling Springs Fish Hatchery... Full article HERE

Oak Creek group reflects on efforts

Dec. 16, 2014
Members of the Oak Creek Watershed Council learned trivia about local cleanup efforts, such as the fact the U.S. Forest Service has removed more than one-and-a-half tons of dog feces from pet waste stations along Oak Creek since last November. Even casual listeners were given much to consider at the council’s year-end meeting on Friday, Dec. 12, at Sedona Public Library... Full article HERE

Oak Creek failed E. coli test four times

Nov. 18, 2014
Written by George Werner
Water sampled weekly by volunteers from the Friends of the Forest from five different locations along Oak Creek — including within the area of the creek closed by the fire — revealed an Oak Creek thousands of units higher than the federal E. coli standard after major rainstorms hit the area July 8 and Aug. 19... Full article HERE

Fire pushed creek trash south

Nov. 10, 2014
Written by George Werner
Four college-age students had collected about two tons of trash in nearly three months from Oak Creek recreational areas for the second straight summer... Full article HERE



Midgley Bridge Trailhead Closure Extension

April 21, 2014
Since the closure began on April 21st, an accessible toilet has been installed.  As there was no toilet at the trailhead previously, this addition should assist in reducing pollutants from reaching the Oak Creek Watershed. This work is possible through a grant received from the Oak Creek Watershed Council, administered by Arizona Department of Environmental Quality's water quality improvement grant program... Full article HERE



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