On the 25th of October, the Prescott City Council authorized funding that will, among other things, allow for the revegetation of the Miller Creek after being disturbed by construction to upgrade aging sewer lines in the area. Prescott Creeks will lead this effort with the City of Prescott, Fann Contracting, and community members. The project will feature multiple opportunities for community involvement.
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During the winter of 2022, multiple members of the public, City Council Members, and Public Works staff approached Prescott Creeks asking for guidance regarding revegetation efforts and assistance with community outreach related to the project.
Prescott Creeks Preservation Association (Prescott Creeks) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1990. It has a mission to achieve healthy watersheds and clean waters in central Arizona for the benefit of people and wildlife through protection, restoration, education, and advocacy. In addition to working with the City on many restoration, education, and community outreach projects related to local creeks and the Granite Creek Watershed, the City and Prescott Creeks have been collaborators at the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve for over 25 years. Established through a lease agreement between the City and Prescott Creeks, Prescott Creeks has implemented extensive ecological restoration work that resulted in 95% survivorship of vegetation planted, improved wildlife habitat, and provided unparalleled opportunities for community involvement.
Through several field consultations, both City staff and Prescott Creeks staff worked cooperatively to determine a conceptual plan for revegetation using native species appropriate for the site. A plan with the proposed plant list was submitted to Jeff Low, City of Prescott Capital Projects Manager, in April of 2022 (see below). Prescott Creeks then participated in a public meeting hosted by the City of Prescott in June of 2022. At this meeting, the conceptual revegetation plan was presented to attending members of the public and supported by several posters detailing native plants proposed for the project as well as posters from similar projects demonstrating change over time.