Prescott Creeks – In the News

Media Coverage

17 February 2017 – The Daily Courier – New RV park planned for land adjacent to Watson Woods
Watson Woods, Prescott’s high-profile riparian area along Highway 89, is slated to get a new neighbor soon: a 71-unit RV park. In a unanimous decision Thursday, Feb. 16, the Prescott Board of Adjustment approved a conditional use permit for the Watson Woods RV Resort.

13 December 2016 – Prescott eNews – Live Update of Prescott City Council
Presentation of the City’s Stormwater Management Program, Federal and State rules, and current and future program activities…Documenting reductions in pollutant loads, working with Prescott Creeks and ADEQ.

05 December 2016 – The Daily Courier – Prescott Creeks seasonal greeting cards now available
Prescott Creeks is once again offering Seasonal Greeting Cards showcasing the beauty of the local landscape. Carrying on a tradition started by Friends of J.S. Acker Park, this year’s cards feature a classic winter scene, “Sierra Prieta Fresh Snow,” taken by local photographer Aaron Burrows, with a wintry view of Thumb Butte and the mountains surrounding Prescott.

27 October 2016 – The Daily Courier – Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters and Prescott Creeks share Festival Auction proceeds
Prescott Creeks and Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters were the recipients of a generous contribution from the producers of the 2016 Tilted Earth Festival. As co-organizers of the Festival’s silent and online auction, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Prescott Creeks were on-hand at a check presentation ceremony held Oct. 18 at Page Springs Cellars in Cornville. The regional nonprofits look forward to putting the contribution to good work supporting kids and the environment throughout the Verde River Watershed.

06 September 2016 – The Daily Courier – Prescott Creeks, tribe partner to improve water quality in Slaughterhouse Gulch
PRESCOTT – With a busy state highway cutting through it, and shopping areas surrounding it, the Slaughterhouse Gulch drainage system faces some major challenges. Runoff water regularly drains from the area along Highway 69 into Granite Creek and, ultimately, Watson Lake. With that runoff comes more than just water. For years, Watson Lake has been listed as an “impaired” body of water for its levels of nutrient pollutants. More recently, the Granite Creek watershed also was listed as impaired for its high levels of E. coli bacteria….

18 August 2016 – Prescott eNews – Bill’s Newscast: Roadwork, Water, City Manager
Improved water quality is the goal of the Prescott Creeks and Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe partnership.
The Prescott Creeks organization is partnering with the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe to improve water quality. A joint project will occur at Slaughterhouse Gulch on the Tribal Reservation. The Gulch drains to Granite Creek and Watson Lake, which have been designated as impaired water bodies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The project aims to reduce sediment, e-coli bacteria and nutrients traveling downstream. Methods to be used include stream channel restoration, wetland protection and planting native vegetation. Sixty percent of the expenses, or more than 374 thousand dollars is funded through an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality grant. Prescott Creeks, the Yavapai-Prescott Tribe and the Upper Verde River Watershed Protection Coalition will contribute the remaining 40 percent of the project.

14 July 2014 – The Daily Courier – Prescott Creeks recognizes Decision Point Center’s volunteer assistance
PRESCOTT – Prescott Creeks, a local nonprofit organization with the mission to achieve healthy watersheds and clean waters in central Arizona, held an awards celebration June 27 to recognize its community volunteers. Among the top honorees was Decision Point Center, a substance abuse treatment facility for adults recovering from drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.

Press Releases

6 July 2018 – International & Local Companies Conspire to Support Creeks

Vortex Optics, Jay’s Bird Barn, and their customers joined efforts to support the local watershed group Prescott Creeks with cash and product donations! At the end of May, Ryan Crouse, Operations Manager at Jay’s Bird Barn, reached out to the Prescott Creeks Executive Director, Michael Byrd, to let him know they’d collected donations from their customers on behalf of Prescott Creeks and that they could be picked up any time. While chatting with Crouse, Byrd inquired about pricing for binoculars, spotting scopes, and associated equipment. These items still needed to be replaced after they were destroyed in a devastating fire that consumed the Prescott Creeks office in December last year. After hearing about the Prescott Creeks need from Crouse, the Vortex representative offered to replace the Prescott Creeks equipment in full and at no charge.

Read the full release: 20180706 Vortex Optics & Jay’s Bird Barn Press Release

19 December 2017 – Prescott Creeks Endures Log Cabin Office Fire

On December 10th and 11th, 2017 the Prescott Creeks office located in the historic log cabin located at 1801 N. State Route 89 was consumed by fire. Most importantly: 1) No one was hurt during the fire. 2) Prescott Fire Department crews contained the fire to just the one building. Watson Woods Riparian Preserve did NOT burn. 3) While incurring a near-total loss, Prescott Creeks is here and operational! They do need your help getting back to full speed and refocused on advancement of its mission. Please see details here on how to help.

Read the full release: 20171218 Prescott Creeks Office Fire Press Release

21 March 2017 – Granite Creek Cleanup Coming April 22

Prescott Creeks will be hosting the annual Granite Creek Cleanup Saturday, April 22. In what has become a rite of‐spring event in Prescott, the Cleanup brings out over 500 friends and neighbors to clean up our creeks, lakes, and trails and to celebrate our community’s waterways and natural places. Now in its 11th year under Prescott Creeks’ leadership, Granite Creek Cleanup participants have removed over 43 tons of waste materials from Prescott waterways, trails, and natural areas. As Cleanup participation continues to grow, Prescott Creeks is expanding this year’s Cleanup offerings to include a variety of beautification and restoration activities.

Read the full release: 20170321 Granite Creek Cleanup Press Release

15 November 2016 – Prescott Creeks Seasonal Greeting Cards Now Available

Prescott Creeks is once again offering Seasonal Greeting Cards showcasing the beauty of our local landscape. Carrying on a tradition started by Friends of J.S. Acker Park, this year’s cards feature a classic winter scene, “Sierra Prieta Fresh Snow,” taken by local photographer Aaron Burrows, with a wintry view of Thumb Butte and the mountains surrounding Prescott.

Read the full release: 20161115 Seasonal Card Press Release

16 August 2016 – Prescott Creeks and Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe Partner to Improve Water Quality – Slaughterhouse Gulch Project to Restore Local Stream and Wetland

Prescott Creeks and the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe (YPIT) have announced plans to protect, restore, and improve surface water quality through a joint project in Slaughterhouse Gulch on the Tribal Reservation. Slaughterhouse Gulch drains to Granite Creek and the Watson Lake Reservoir – both designated as impaired waterbodies by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The project seeks to reduce sediment, E. coli bacteria, and nutrients traveling downstream.

Read the full release: 20160816 PCrks_Slaughterhouse_Announcemt



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