Friends of the Rio de Flag

Promoting the Rio de Flag's natural stream system as a unique and valuable natural resource, an asset, and amenity to the City of Flagstaff and the surrounding community. The goal of FoRio is to protect, restore, clean up and improve the Rio de Flag and its tributaries to maximize their aesthetic, educational, recreational, and natural resource values, including the riparian habitats* they provide.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 Public Meeting
6:00 pm at the Joseph C. Montoya Community Center
245 N. Thorpe Park Rd., Flagstaff

Water Works Part 5

A Vision for Flagstaff's Water Future


At our March panel discussion on water quality, George "Corky" Kladnik made the case that conservation and recovery of potable water from wastewaters will be necessary if Flagstaff is to have a reliable, safe, long-term supply of fresh water. Corky is a co-author of Water, an Essential Resource, a "White Paper" being prepared for the City and the public by Friends of Flagstaff's Future's Technical Water Committee.

At this meeting Corky and the rest of the water committee will be on hand to describe how their paper addresses issues related to water usage, reclaimed water, conservation, and the steps needed to ensure a future with both adequate water quantity and quality.

Specifically, they are seeking comment from FoRio and F3 members on how their paper addresses issues related to sources of available water, current trends in water consumption, the need for and technologies appropriate to better clean reclaimed water, uses of a tier-cost system to pay for needed improvements, and actions needed today (including conservation) to preserve access to water quantity and quality for future generations.

Also on the program, our NAU intern, Alex Garcia, will present the results of her research on the effectiveness of our outreach efforts.

Thanks to Friends of Flagstaff's Future for once again co-sponsoring this important community presentation and discussion.

$90 million for what?

Arizona Daily Sun • March 31, 2013 • by Joe Ferguson

City Engineer James Duval
Project Manager James Duval stands in a section of the Rio de Flag between Cherry and Dale avenues. (Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun)

The redevelopment of much of Flagstaff's Southside depends not so much on what happens above ground but underneath it.

A series of massive, underground tunnels are planned to funnel millions of gallons of water from the Rio de Flag away from the city's oldest neighborhood in the event of a 100-year flood. Southside residents call the $92 million flood control project a godsend, even if completion is still decades away.

Some officials in Washington, D.C., however, have a different label, calling it "one of the most screwed-up projects in the country."

Some local leaders also are frustrated with the delays and cost overruns.

"Forty million dollars has been spent on a project originally estimated at $25 million, and we have little more than a $6 million dam with a crack in it," said Flagstaff City Councilmember Jeff Oravits. (read more...)

More news...

Where is the Rio de Flag anyway? Click here to see a 3D image of the Rio watershed.

*Riparian habitats are water-dependent ecosystems characterized by rich and diverse groups of plants and animals. A vanishingly rare community resource for Flagstaff, riparian ecosystems play a key role in reducing flood peaks, enhancing water quality and groundwater replenishment, as well as providing wildlife habitat, open space and recreational opportunities.

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