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.
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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 areas along Oak Creek (stream bank erosion) and from social trails. Our 2017 and 2018 macroinvertebrate surveys worked to provide baseline ecological data needed for planning successful watershed and stream restoration actions.
Dinner and Dancing Fundraiser overlooking Oak Creek
There are still tickets available online for the Evening in the Garden until Friday, September 16 at 11 am – Reserve your spot today! A limited number of tickets will be available for sale at the door (cash or check only).
Free public workshop demonstrating Low Impact Development (LID) stormwater pollution and runoff reduction
Sedona, AZ - The Oak Creek Watershed Council (OCWC) will host a two day Community Clean Water Workshop in Sedona, Ariz. at Unity of Sedona, on May 22-23, 2015. This FREE workshop will feature local and regional experts speaking on and demonstrating landscape techniques employed in Northern Arizona to harvest rainwater, reduce erosion and reduce pollution often found in stormwater runoff.