2024 Cleanup Info for Pre-Registrants

**Please review this page for important Cleanup information**

Thanks for your interest in participating in the 2024 Granite Creek Cleanup. 
Please read on for detailed information about how the event will run this year.

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Saturday April 20, 2024

Premier Sponsor:

Elite Sponsor:

Information for Pre-Registrants

Drive-Up Sign-In

This worked so well last year, we’ve brought it back! Please help us make this a smooth process by reviewing the procedures described below:

Before your arrive:

  1. Review the email sent to you announcing your Assigned Cleanup Location
  2. Review the Granite Creek Cleanup Guidelines, Location Map, and Index Map to become familiar with:
    • Where to go to Cleanup your assigned creek (or lake or trail)
    • Where you might park
    • Where to deposit trash when you are done
      (so the City crews can collect, weigh, and dispose of it)
  3. Communicate this information to your group* so everyone knows where to go and what to do
    • If your group* size requires multiple vehicles, make a plan to meet your group* at your Cleanup Location (not at Granite Creek Park)
  4. Only the person who pre-registered for the Cleanup (OR their designee) should plan to drive to Granite Creek Park to sign-in and collect materials for their entire group between 8 AM and Noon on Saturday April 22rd. (Since there are about 100 pre-registered groups, one vehicle per group* will keep things moving efficiently.)
  5. Coordinate with your Group to meetup at your Cleanup Location – not at Granite Creek Park
Notes on "Groups" and "Teams"
  • A “Group” can be as few as one (1) person or as many as twenty (20) people. A group is all of the people identified as a group and included in a Pre-Registrant’s form submission. For example: If Jimi Hendrix submitted a Pre-Registration where Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell were listed as members of the “Group,” then the “Group” is Jimi, Noel, and Mitch.
  • This year there was not an option for people to be placed in a “Team” by Prescott Creeks. 
Volunteers will be direct traffic in the park

When you arrive:

    1. Enter Granite Creek Park from 6th St. in Prescott to sign-in and collect materials for your entire group (ONLY the person who pre-registered for the Cleanup (OR their designee) should plan to drive to the Park to sign-in and collect materials for their entire group.)
        • Sign-In is from 8 AM-Noon. NO EARLY ARRIVALS PLEASE.
    2. Traffic in the park will be 1-way. Please be patient as we have ~100 pre-registrants. Volunteer flaggers will be available to guide you as needed.
    3. Starbucks will be serving pre-registered participants
    4. As you slowly approach the registration area hold up a sign that has the pre-registrant’s last name printed in large BOLD letters. A regular letter-sized page (8.5″ x 11″) would be best – Or print the first page of the email we sent you.
    5. Cleanup Volunteer Staff will see the name and retrieve the corresponding pre-registration packet (see below for packet contents).
    6. Roll down your window or pop your trunk and Cleanup Volunteer Staff will place your packet in the car and thank you for your participation.
    7. Once you have your packet, please slowly proceed out of the park to meet your Group at your assigned Cleanup Location. 
Drive-Up Sign-In

What is in the Pre-Registration Packet?

Your pre-registration packet is provided to you in a reusable tote bag this year thanks to our Premier and Elite Sponsors – Findlay Subaru Prescott and Pacifico Preserves!

Your packet contents are essential to having a successful Granite Creek Cleanup experience. The packet includes:

    • 2024 Granite Creek Guidelines
        • Information about what to wear
        • What to cleanup and what to leave behind
        • The drop-off locations for collected trash
          • (Also emailed to the pre-registrant with hyperlinks to a web-map so that Siri or Alexa can help you get to the right place)
        • What to do with tires
        • How to handle camps you might encounter, but can’t collect. We want to know and Yavapai County GIS found a solution.
          Click here to learn about the REPORT LARGE DEBRIS APP
        • Event timing
        • How to share photos with Prescott Creeks
        • Where to find Cleanup info on Social Media
        • Sponsor & Partner Recognition – This event would not happen without our generous community sponsors and operational partners. We want you to know who they are so you can let them know you support the Granite Creek Cleanup too!
      • Cleanup Location Maps (we’re providing you with two maps)
        • Location Map: The location map is the location to which you’ve been assigned
          • It highlights the section of creek to which you’ve been assigned to Cleanup, start/end points, .25 mile markers, adjacent streets and roads, parking suggestions, and drop-off locations (if close by). If you need additional information about where your Cleanup Location is or how to get there, please refer to the Index Map on the other side of your Location Map
        • Index Map: On the back of your Location Map, you’ll find an Index Map. The Index Map shows all of the Cleanup Locations that were available for the event this year. Cleanup Locations are identified on the Index Map with highlights and with Location Numbers
Cleanup Location Map
The linked map above takes you to a PDF package of all Cleanup Location Maps for 2024
Cleanup Location Index Map
The linked map above takes you to a PDF map Indexing all of the Cleanup Locations for 2024
      • Trash Bags – Blue, 1.5 mil, 33-gallon bags are provided this year
      • Cleanup T-shirts – for each of your group members – in the sizes the pre-registrant specified
        (If there is a problem with your t-shirts, please contact Prescott Creeks AFTER the event and we’ll attempt to make substitutions as available supplies)
      • Other information and fun stuff…

*Note that no gloves are provided this year. Please plan to bring your own gloves as relevant.

Granite Creek Cleanup and Surface Water

Granite Creek Cleanup this Saturday – April 22nd – is moving forward with confidence that surface water quality in the creeks and lakes is safe in context to the Granite Creek Cleanup.

The City of Prescott has taken multiple samples in each of the creeks and lakes in the area since mid-March and samples have come back from the lab with pollutant levels significantly below limits established by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. Overall, samples show the pollutants of concern in the creeks are below natural background levels. 

Sampling Results

The sampling results shown above all show e. coli levels (MPN Result) at significantly less that the state standard of 235 cfu. In fact, most results are significantly less the the natural background level of approximately cfu. 

Public Health

E. coli bacteria are a member of a group of organisms known as coliforms, commonly found in the intestinal tract of warm-blooded animals. Fecal coliform bacteria may occur in ambient water as a result of domestic sewage contamination or nonpoint sources of human and animal waste. Bacteria and pathogens are nearly always present in high concentrations in urban surface runoff (Clarke and Stoner, 2001).

The presence of E.coli bacteria in aquatic environments indicates that the water has been contaminated with the fecal material of man or other animals. This organism is not generally a concern to human health as there are only a few strains that cause serious disease in humans (Lewis, 2010). However, the presence of E.coli is an indicator that the source water may have also been contaminated by more harmful microbes such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Shigella, and Norovirus and that a potential health risk exists for individuals exposed to this water. Diseases acquired from contact with contaminated water can cause gastrointestinal illness, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections. The most commonly reported symptoms are stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and low‐grade fever (Lewis, 2010).

The USEPA’s recreational water quality standard for E. coli is 235 Colony‐Forming Units (CFU) per 100 milliliters. 

Read more in the Improvement Plan for the Upper Granite Creek Watershed. See page page 26.

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