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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…

SR179 Sewer Spill–Information
SR179 Sewer Spill–Information

Oak Creek Watershed Council is concerned to learn of a sewage spill into Oak Creek, where a reported 15,000-20,000 gallons of untreated, raw sewage flowed into a storm drain and immediately drained into Oak Creek. The incident occurred between 5 – 7:30 pm on August 4th along SR179 at the Hillside Sedona Shopping Center. Kinney Construction Services is responsible for…

Water Quality of Oak Creek and Fossil Creek 2018-2019
Water Quality of Oak Creek and Fossil Creek 2018-2019

Take a look at water quality trends in Oak Creek and Fossil Creek in 2018 and 2019. Oak Creek Ambassador Emma Harries took on writing this comprehensive report as her capstone project for her undergraduate studies. We are so excited to share this report with you and could not be more proud of Emma. View the report here.

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.…

Events

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.…

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…

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.…