Two projects have been funded by Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) to implement Green Infrastructure in cooperation with the City of Prescott. The projects will create Green Infrastructure in urban areas that imitates the drainage and filtration that happens in nature; by preserving natural systems and using engineered systems more natural forms of filtration
by Lucero Radonic, Graduate Outreach Assistant and Susanna Eden, WRRC In the City of Prescott, the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve, along Granite Creek, is an oasis for wildlife and humans surrounded by development. The city’s wastewater treatment plant and transfer station are located a block to the east, a lumber company and a concrete block
The Urban Habitat Improvement through Invasive Species Removal project will improve riparian habitat conditions along urban creek reaches in the upper Granite Creek Watershed through the control and removal of target invasive vegetation species. The Granite Creek Watershed, located in central Arizona, is an important headwater of the Verde River, one of Arizona’s few perennial
A blog on the Watson Woods interpretive kiosk at the Rosser Strett entrance by The Watershed Company who produced the signs and designs.
(Original available here) Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Author: Ben Grumbles Urban water sustainability includes conserving natural assets but also discovering (and re-discovering) hidden treasures like metro/suburban parks, mini-refuges, river walks, and wetlands often buried deep within compact cityscapes rather than rural landscapes. Recent meetings and collaborations point to progress in protecting and restoring these gems
You might pick up trash while walking your favorite trail, or pull a tire out of the creek. Maybe you recycle (we hope so), or feed the birds you like watching through your kitchen window. Maybe you purchase native species locally to plant in your yard – and then water them with rain captured from
There was no shortage of ideas as students from Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy worked on what has been a persistent community problem – the condition of the water in Prescott’s creeks and lakes. After spending months testing and evaluating the runoff water that flows into Granite Creek, the students were ready this week to take
Prescottonians who want to celebrate Earth Day can pick up trash along the city’s creeks Saturday, pull weeds at Watson Woods Monday, or head to the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza Saturday to pick up a pile of ideas about how to help the planet we all depend upon for survival. Events kick off at 9
Every year during the Granite Creek Cleanup volunteers come out to remove trash and make Prescott a better place for everyone. Since 2007 approximately 31 Tons of trash have been removed by community members from our creeks, lakes, and trails around town. It sounds like a lot, because it is a lot. There is good
This year’s Granite Creek Cleanup is supported by area organizations and businesses. These are groups that consistantly step up to support clean creeks and healthy watersheds. Dan Frank of Arizona Blue Cross Blue Shield is the Primary Sponsor of the event, supporting his belief in a need for us all to recycle. Other sponsors include
Prescott Creeks has been working with Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy and the City of Prescott to better understand the role parking lots play in the pollution of our creeks. By monitoring the e. Coli and the turbidity of the parking lot in standard conditions, and again when they have been freshly vacuumed, there are a
Join us for an Evening with Prescott Creeks at Granite Mountain Brewing Date and Time: March 20, 2013 – 5:00pm Join us for an evening with Prescott Creeks at Granite Mountain Brewing to celebrate Arizona Give Day on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 5 to 7 pm at 123 N. Cortez St. Meet the Board and Staff of Prescott Creeks, hear about on-going
Cindy Barks The Daily Courier PRESCOTT – It didn’t take a microscope for NorthpointExpeditionary Learning Academy students to gauge the basic quality of the water that ran off of a city parking lot Wednesday morning. Read about this interesting stormwater monitoring project.
Early in March, Prescott lost one of the founding members of Prescott Creeks Preservation Association. Betty Siegfried, along with her cohorts Bette Bridgewater and Jay Eby, decided that Prescott needed a river-walk, similar to San Antonio’s, so they incorporated Prescott Creeks Preservation Association on March 8th, 1990. In coordination with Keep Prescott Beautiful, the City,
With the main part of the initial Watson woods Riparian Preserve restoration nearly finished, I’ve been looking back through the work we have done and the changes that have taken place. One of the first big pieces we worked on was the stormwater basin adjacent to the Peavine Trail parking lot. This basin receives all of
Invasive species are a BIG problem. The United Nations has stated invasive species are second only to direct habitat destruction as the greatest threat to decreasing global ecological diversity. The EPA defines them as species that are non-native to an ecosystem and cause harm to the economy, environment, or human health. Invasive species or “alien
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.
Imagine. The old Granite Dells Resort. Smack dab in the heart of the Granite Dells, surrounding Granite Creek. Undoubtedly, it is one of Prescott’s natural and historic gems. Nestled between Watson and Willow Lakes, the 83-acre property is at the center of Prescott’s new Lake-to-lake Trail system currently being built by the Over the Hill
From Gregg Fell, Field Projects Coordinator: During the last quarter of 2012, the final monitoring events for the Watson Woods Restoration Project were conducted for geomorphology, botany, macroinvertebrate zoology, herpetology, and ornithology, with results summarized briefly below: Geomorphology The Granite Creek restoration has resulted in a new channel pattern that has improved stream access to
Verde Valley Land Preservation (VVLP) challenges visual artists to create an emotional connection between the public and the Verde River. We invite interested visual artists to submit portfolios for review in order to participate in a river experience designed to stimulate creativity and expression. Selected applicants will participate in a three day river trip on
It seems to be stating the obvious that, in the west, our public lands play a major role in shaping our communities, culture, and identity. A recent research paper by Headwaters Economics (Bozeman, MT) took that piece of common knowledge further, finding that the West’s (“West” defined as AZ, CO, CA, ID, MT, NV, NM,