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Water Quality & Human Dignity

Adapted from The Daily Courier Located not far from the banks of Miller Creek in the middle of Prescott, a new grant-funded restroom has provided not just an environmental benefit, but addresses human-dignity as well. That point was emphasized recently during a meeting between representatives of the parties involved in the 2019 installation of the

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Creek Health

Public Bathroom to Improve Creeks & Community Downtown Prescott features multiple flowing creeks. However, the surface water quality of those creeks has been listed as “impaired” (polluted) for well over a decade. Miller Creek was targeted by local stakeholders for a water quality improvement project. Prescott Creeks brought together the Coalition for Compassion and Justice

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Bathrooms for Water Quality

In 2016 the Coalition for Compassion and Justice (CCJ) started the Stagger Straight Community Emergency Shelter on Miller Creek near the Dexter neighborhood. When CCJ moved in, they recognized the significance of having the creek in their back yard and asked Prescott Creeks to come talk with their clients about riparian systems and water quality

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Market-Based Programs for Watershed Improvement Double Globally

Ecosystem Marketplace‘s recent report “Charting New Waters: State of Watershed Payments 2012” shows that the use of these innovative market-based strategies for watershed protection and restoration have doubled globally since 2008. Circle of Blue reports that there are “205 active payment programs operating in 29 countries in 2011, up from 103 programs three years earlier.

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Rain! And its Aftermath.

This past week, mother nature delivered some much needed precipitation to the Central Arizona Highlands. The parched earth got a much needed drink of water and we enjoyed cooler temperatures, dramatic skies, and rare humidity. On Friday, July 13, we wandered around the watershed to watch how it shed water. And boy did it shed! See photos

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The Creek Care Guide is (almost) here!

After more than six months of work and many more months of thought and planning, Creek Care: Your Stewardship Guide to the Granite Creek Watershed is complete! Many have dreamt of such a guide for years, so we’re pleased that its development came about through the collaborative Watershed Improvement Planning project funded by ADEQ. The

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The new face of E. coli monitoring

When our volunteer water quality monitoring program resumes this winter, there will be a new addition: Colilert equipment from IDEXX so that we can process our E. coli samples in-house. This is an exciting advancement for our water quality monitoring program. The ability to run the E. coli test ourselves offers the opportunity to collect

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A Tale of Green Lakes

A lake choked with aquatic plants and algae is no place for boating, fishing, or scenic viewing. As we approach summer, this will undoubtedly be the case in Watson and Willow Lakes, touted gems of the Prescott area. Eyesores in this condition, the lakes have drawn the attention and scrutiny of the public and elected

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Who pooped in Granite Creek?

They say that in order to solve a problem, you must first admit that the problem exists. So, here it is: in Prescott, our local creeks and lakes have water quality problems. Some deny it, reasoning that talking about it might scare the tourists away. I say that is poppycock! We all need to be

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Paying the Price for Cleaner Water

Last week, Prescott’s City Council voted to increase water and sewer rates for residents. While no one is cheering the effect that higher utility bills will have on their pocketbooks, we can now expect to see the upgrades that Prescott’s sewer infrastructure so desperately needs. I’ve spent the last 1+ years trying to understand the

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Field Survey Results: Sneak Preview!

It seems like I have spent most of the summer and fall swimming in data. It is a relief to get to a point when the hard work starts to pays off and the data starts to speak…or maybe that means that I’ve been looking at data for too long! Most recently, we’ve been getting

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