Alarming data indicates lack of recreational responsibility
Sedona AZ (August 31, 2013) – If you have noticed trash left behind at many recreational sites in the Oak Creek corridor, your eyes are not deceiving you, and it’s happening every day. Since the July 4th weekend, four young men called “Oak Creek Ambassadors” have been visiting heavy use sites, greeting visitors, picking up litter and speaking about ways to reduce E. coli bacteria levels in the Creek. The Ambassadors efforts have generated good news, and bad news.
The good news: Through rain and shine, the Ambassadors have spoken, and presented, to 8,000 visitors, logging 500 hours of education with them. Regulars to Slide Rock see them weekly with the Oak Creek Watershed Terrain Model, chatting about the watershed and what is polluting Oak Creek. The Ambassadors ask visitors to support a healthier Oak Creek by using public restrooms, packing out litter and used diapers, and picking up pet and human waste. Fecal contamination of Oak Creek from wildlife is part of the issue, but this contamination can be further exacerbated by food litter and the presence of human waste in high use areas of the Creek corridor. Read More→