Our Projects

Water Sampling
Water Sampling

In 2020, 2021, and 2022 OCWC’s team is 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 contamination and visitor-use trends over busy weekends. Moreover, this data will help gauge the effectiveness of roadside pullout closures,…

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…

Oak Creek Ambassador Program
Oak Creek Ambassador Program

Stewardship Engagement In partnership with the following groups: the United States Forest Service (USFS), the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), the City of Sedona, the Arizona Community Foundation, and the National Forest Foundation; Oak Creek Ambassadors have monitored heavily-used recreation sites. They’ve made a positive impact by talking to visitors, picking up trash, human and dog waste, monitoring water…

Stormwater Pollution Mitigation: A Partnership with the City of Sedona and OCWC
Stormwater Pollution Mitigation: A Partnership with the City of Sedona and OCWC

In partnership with the City of Sedona, OCWC hosts cleanup events that encourage residents of the greater Sedona area to learn about stormwater pollution, the sub-basins and watersheds within the Oak Creek Watershed and Sedona area, and how they can play an important role in protecting Oak Creek. Here are some steps you can take to ensure you do not…

Become an Oak Creek Steward
Become an Oak Creek Steward

Because of COVID-19, we are seeing massive increases in visitors fleeing to the creek and Sedona trails, which means increases in littering and habitat degradation, significantly impacting the fragile riparian ecosystem. And it’s an eye-sore! Our small team is working tirelessly to pick-up after visitors, so that creek sites are pristine upon their arrival, hopefully encouraging them to leave it…

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.

Water Quality of Oak Creek 2020
Water Quality of Oak Creek 2020

Take a look at water quality trends in Oak Creek in 2020. This summary report was made possible by support from the Sedona Chamber of Commerce under the Sedona Sustainable Tourism Plan Tactic A2.3. View the report below.

Oak Creek Watershed Educational Brochure
Oak Creek Watershed Educational Brochure

Welcome! Virtually view our educational brochure. Learn more about the issues that are threatening the health of the watershed and how you can help! Created by tmsr Design Delivery in collaboration with Oak Creek Watershed Council and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. This brochure was funded by grants from ADEQ and EPA.

Voluntourism
Voluntourism

In partnership with the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, OCWC hosts cleanup events that encourage visitors to the greater Sedona area to “give back” while learning about the geology, ecology, and other issues pertinent to the watershed. By participating in these events, visitors can visit scenic areas along Oak Creek, red rock country, and northern Arizona forests while making a positive…

Pickin’ Up in the Pines 2022
Pickin’ Up in the Pines 2022

Saturday, September 17 REGISTER TODAY! The Coconino National Forest, National Forest Foundation, Oak Creek Watershed Council, and the Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality invite you to Pickin’ Up in the Pines!  Join us to clean up camping areas in the forests that are the headwaters of Oak Creek canyon.  In advance of major holiday weekends, get outside, clean up trash,…

Social Trail Rehabilitation Monitoring and Watershed Improvement Projects
Social Trail Rehabilitation Monitoring and Watershed Improvement Projects

Oak Creek flows through a beautiful canyon along Highway 89A between Flagstaff and Sedona and is a popular destination for recreation. The creek is a tributary to the Verde River, which feeds into the Salt River, itself providing water to millions of people living in and around Phoenix. Oak Creek is one of the few perennial streams in Arizona’s high…

Water Quality of Oak Creek 2021
Water Quality of Oak Creek 2021

Take a look at water quality trends in Oak Creek in 2021. This summary report was made possible by support from the City of Sedona in partnership with the Sedona Sustainable Tourism Plan Tactic A2.3. View the report below.

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On this #thankfulthursday Oak Creek Watershed Council wants to spotlight Tucker and Nate! Thank you both for cleaning up trash everywhere you go in the canyon 🙌🏼 Nate and Cassidy found Tucker at the creek last Sunday while on Canyon Patrol and he had his trash picker and a garbage bag with him to collect trash while recreating at the creek - how dedicated! 💪🏼 Tucker is a great steward of the creek and is a shining example of how to be an Oak Creek Caretaker.💧🌾 Thanks to all who pick up trash at Oak Creek Canyon!
Comment 🚮 below if you bring your own trash bag with you while hanging out at Oak Creek!

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On this #tiptuesday we want to talk trash! Or talk about it🤪 Hiking and picnicking are popular activities in beautiful Oak Creek, but there’s always the chance that trash from these activities will be left behind. So, don’t leave home without a plan!

We recommend bringing a grocery bag or even a kitchen trash bag with you when hiking or picnicking so that you can keep your trash contained while still enjoying the creek!🌾

Bringing your own bags for trash and packing it out to your car is a simple and effective action that keeps Oak Creek clean and healthy! This is a great tip on how to Leave No Trace!

#oakcreek #oakcreekwatershedcouncil #leavenotrace #canyonpatrol #watersampling#cleanuptrash #sedona #flagstaff #protecttheflow #keepoakcreekclean #beautiful #creek #mindfulness #packitinpackitout #knowbeforeyougo
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Want to help protect and conserve the wonderful Oak Creek Canyon? Well, we have a few opportunities for you this July! Join us on Sunday the 17th and 24th at 8:30 AM! Please RSVP for more information on how to participate in our cleanup events: kalai@oakcreekwatershed.org ...

✨Steward cleanup event✨ join us on Friday, June 24th! This event is a great opportunity for anyone that wishes to sign-up for our Steward program or to just get together to make a difference! We'll meet at Indian Gardens Cafe and Market on Friday, June 24th, 2:30-5pm, to celebrate our efforts with iced tea or coffee, snacks, and a cleanup on the creek! Please RSVP if you plan to attend by sending us a message. We hope to see you there! ...

What an incredibly beautiful place to dedicate your time and passion to protecting. Last chance! Apply to be OCWC’s next executive director by tomorrow, June 3rd. Link in bio. ...

We’re hiring! Ready to put your passion and skills to work protecting Oak Creek? We're searching for our next dedicated executive director to lead the organization and its mission forward. Apply now: link in bio! ...

Do you strive to work outdoors and make a positive difference in our environment? Our Watershed Technician leads our field work activities and dedicated volunteers in protecting the flowing waters of Oak Creek for future generations. Last chance: applications due tomorrow! Link in bio. ...

Join our team! We're looking for a Watershed Technician who will sample water quality, lead volunteer cleanup events, maintain pet waste stations, and more. Interested? Applications due by Friday, May 27. For more information, visit the link in our bio. ...

Join us for Pickin’ Up in the Pines, a collaborative cleanup! Get outside, clean up trash, protect the Oak Creek watershed, and celebrate summer!
Meet Wednesday, May 25th at 9AM at the FR 237 dispersed camping area just south of Flagstaff.
RSVP through the link in our bio!
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Thank you to the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, @visitsedona, for supporting #Voluntourism efforts like these that help keep northern Arizona clean and beautiful! Events like these wouldn’t be possible without many different partners— thanks to the Coconino National Forest, National Forest Foundation, and Arizona Game and Fish Department for joining us on Wednesday!
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We’re putting on two more cleanup events this month and really need your help! Join us and the City of Sedona tomorrow, May 18th, for a morning full of stewardship in the Dry Creek area! 🏜 See below for more information.
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We’re also partnering with National Forest Foundation, AZGFD, and Coconino National Forest to throw on another Pickin’ Up In the Pines event. For more information and to RSVP, please click the link in our bio!
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May 18th event: 8am-11am

Where to Meet: Meet at the Mescal parking lot off of Long Canyon Rd.

What to bring: Please wear hiking attire, sun protection, hiking boots or closed-toe shoes, and bring plenty of water and snacks to fuel your stewardship efforts!

Register: Please RSVP for this event by emailing oakcreekcleanups@gmail.com with the subject line "May 18th Cleanup." We'll provide further information and directions when you RSVP.
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Our virtual Spring Watershed Meeting is today at 4pm! Join us to learn about our 2022 projects, upcoming volunteer opportunities, and how climate change is impacting Sedona. We’ll hear from @cityofsedonaaz’s Alicia Peck and learn about Sedona’s Climate Action Plan. Register through the link in our bio! ...

✨Sedona clean-up event announcement!✨
Join us and @cityofsedonaaz for a morning of stewardship on May 18th! Together, we’ll tackle the very popular Dry Creek hiking area. See below for more information and RSVP by emailing oakcreekcleanups@gmail.com. We hope to see you there!
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Where: Meet at the Mescal parking lot off of Long Canyon Rd.
When: May 18th, 8am-11am
What to bring: Please wear hiking attire, sun protection, hiking boots or closed-toe shoes, and bring plenty of water and snacks to fuel your stewardship efforts!
The plan: Please RSVP for this event by emailing oakcreekcleanups@gmail.com with the subject line "May 18th Cleanup." We'll provide further information when you RSVP.
Volunteers will meet Oak Creek Watershed Council and the City of Sedona at the Mescal parking lot at 8am. Supplies will be provided. We'll tackle nearby trails, parking areas, and FR 152. We hope you can join us for a morning full of stewardship!
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