Monthly Archives: April 2016

May 5th, 2016 Member Meeting Reminder: How I Came to Love Engineers

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How I Came to Love Engineers  

 Allen Haden, Aquatic Ecologist and Project Manager,

Natural Channel Designs, Inc.

Thursday, May 5th, 6:00pm

Montoya Community Center

Rio de Flag has eroded a narrow basalt canyon at Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona

Rio de Flag has eroded a narrow basalt canyon at Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona, Photo courteous of Tom Bean

Predicting stream morphology allows us to assess and restore streams and ecological function. Please join us Thursday, May 5th, for a presentation by Allen Haden, who will give a brief primer on how we can predict stream morphology.

Allen is an aquatic ecologist with Natural Channel Designs, Inc. and has broad experience with aquatic habitats and stream systems in the arid Southwest.

We look forward to seeing you next Thursday, May 5th at 6:00PM at the Montoya Community Center. Enjoy the spring storms ahead of us this weekend!

Saturday, April 23rd Earth Day Community/Rio Cleanup and Free Workshops

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Please join us on Saturday, April 23rd in celebrating Earth Day with the City of Flagstaff. The Friends of the Rio is partnering with AZ Conservation Corps to lead a community/Rio cleanup from 9am-11am and we’d love to have you out to help! We had a great time last year and made a big impact along the Rio near downtown. All participants will be entered into a prize drawing!

Please visit the Flagstaff Earth Day Facebook page for more information. If you’re interested in attending any of the workshops, please RSVP here indicating which workshops you will attend.


Earth Day 2016 Poster

Thank you Temple in the Pines!

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Volunteers from Heichal Baoranim/Temple in the Pines pose with 29 bags of waste removed during a cleanup event Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

We would like to extend our gratitude to the families from Heichal Baoranim/Temple in the Pines who came out to cleanup the Rio just downstream of Old Rte. 66 near Picture Canyon on Sunday, April 3rd. This particular stretch of the Rio becomes a landscape of trash each year as trash flows through a large part of Flagstaff’s stormwater infrastructure and ends up collecting at this site.

In just 2.5 hours these fifteen efficient volunteers collected thirteen bags of recyclable waste and sixteen of non-recyclable waste. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to keeping our watershed healthy and clean!



Communities, Climate Change, and Conservation: Flagstaff as a Model Community for Building a New Land Ethic

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Restoration project in Flagstaff, “Return of the Rio” – working with local children to grow trees and learn about restoration issues. Photo credit: ARC Facebook page

Friends of the Rio Monthly Meeting Reminder

Presenter: Kevin Grady, ARC Director, Research Professor, NAU School of Forestry

Time and Date: Thursday, April 7th at 6:00pm

Location: Montoya Community Center, Flagstaff

Climate change and exotic species invasions present unprecedented challenges for restoration groups throughout Arizona. Science-based initiatives are necessary for carrying out restoration in order to address these challenges and design successful projects.

Please join us next Thursday, April 7th for a presentation by Kevin Grady, NAU Research Professor and the Director of the Adaptive Restoration Community, a science-based ecological restoration community. Kevin will highlight his climate research and his current restoration efforts in the local area. He will also introduce his outreach program for Flagstaff schools.

We look forward to seeing you next Thursday at 6:00pm at the Montoya Community Center.