September 7th: Green Infrastructure in Flagstaff with Kieran Sikdar

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Green infrastructure demonstration site at Ponderosa Pine High.

Public Meeting: Flagstaff Green Stormwater Infrastructure Watershed Planning and Design Grant
Thursday, September 7th at 5:30pm

Kieran Sikdar, Stormwater Engineering Director, Watershed Management Group

Montoya Community Center,
245 N Thorpe Rd

Watershed Management Group (WMG) is collaborating with the City of Flagstaff to develop an action plan for Green Stormwater Infrastructure. Join us on Thursday, September 7th at 5:30 as we hear from WMG’s Stormwater Engineering Director Kieran Sikdar on the scope and goals of the grant as well as the current progress.

Kieran is passionate about creating prosperous communities by celebrating water in our landscapes. Kieran combines his experience as a Civil Engineer (MS), Certified Floodplain Manager, and Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in cost benefit analysis, green infrastructure/low impact development design, watershed restoration, and permaculture design.

We look forward to seeing you on September 7th!

September 3rd: Rio de Flag Community Weed Pull and Cleanup

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Rio de Flag Community Weed Pull Cleanup

Sunday, September 3rd

8-11:00 AM

Rio de Flag flowing near Foxglenn Park, after heavy summer rains.

The Rio de Flag is Flagstaff’s river. Like many rivers and streams in the Southwest, “the Rio” appears as a dry wash for most of the year. But when winter storms roll through Flag, and monsoon seasons pick up, the Rio flows through town and makes its way to San Francisco Wash, a tributary to the Little Colorado River.

In celebration of Colorado River Days, the Friends of the Rio de Flag will host a community Rio cleanup upstream of Foxglenn Park on Sunday, September 3rd from 8-11am. Meet at the southern end of 4th Street (use this map to guide you). Parking available in the dirt lot.

Contact Chelsea Silva at or (928) 213-2152 to RSVP.

Location: Rio at Foxglen (meet at dirt parking lot at the southern end of 4th Street; directions available on this Google Map)

Notes: Please dress for weather. Long pants and close-toed shoes recommended. Bring a water bottle. Gloves, trash bags, and trash grabbers will be available for use. Water, coffee, and light breakfast provided.

August 3rd: Guided Hike at Sinclair Canyon

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Subsiding flood makes its way down the Rio de Flag channel in Sinclair Canyon. Photos courteous of Paul Beier.

One of the most beautiful stretches of the Rio de Flag flows through Sinclair Canyon. On Thursday, August 3rd we will enjoy this section which includes the I-40 wetlands created by our reclaimed water. Our guest guide, Dr. Paul Beier, will point out plants and birds that don’t occur in Flagstaff except in Sinclair Canyon, and restoration projects co-sponsored by Friends of the Rio (FoRio).

Hikers enjoying a sunny afternoon along the FUTS.

We will also discuss a proposal to use reclaimed water to re-water 1.2 miles of the Sinclair Canyon, creating a perennial stream along the prettiest mile of the Flagstaff Urban Trail System. City staff are receptive, and are discussing this idea with FoRio members.

Paul Beier is a Regents’ Professor of Conservation Biology at NAU, and a leading expert on wildlife corridors and cougars. A long-time Friend of the Rio, Paul raised 3 daughters in Flagstaff, and has lived on Sinclair Canyon for 11 years. He loves this mile of canyon, and will share that love with you.

We look forward to seeing you next week for a great hike! Meet at 5:30pm at the southwest corner of the Sam’s Club parking lot.

Saturday, July 15th: Sinclair Wash Community Cleanup

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Views along the Flagstaff Urban Trail System along Rio de Flag below Willow Bend, Flagstaff, Arizona

Saturday, July 15th


Sinclair Wash at Willow Bend

Join us for this collaborative cleanup of Sinclair Wash with FunTown Circus Camp! We will meet at Willow Bend Environmental Education Center (703 E Sawmill Rd) at 9am. Please park at the Police Station just down the street as Willow Bend has limited parking.

Trash grabbers, bags, and gloves provided. Please wear close-toed shoes and dress for weather.

We look forward to cleaning up this section of the Rio that needs some love. Thank you to the organizers and participants of FunTown Circus Camp for inviting Friends of the Rio to work together on this project!

Saturday, July 8th: Rio de Flag Community Cleanup

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Rio de Flag Community Cleanup

Trash removed at the I-40 Wetlands during Make a Difference Day 2016. Join us for a Rio de Flag Cleanup in the Foxglen area on Saturday, July 8th!

Saturday, July 8th


Please join us at the Foxglen area for a Rio de Flag cleanup! The monsoons are coming and this area needs some love before the trash is swept further downstream.

Meet at 9am at the Foxglen parking area (see map below – follow 4th Street south as if going to Coconino Humane Association). Trash bags, gloves, and pickers will be provided. Please wear sun protection and sturdy shoes. Bring plenty of water! Pizza provided!!

Special thanks to Jen Jensen for his efforts towards cleaning this area last week – let’s finish the job!


July 6th: Guided Hike at Leroux Springs

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Big Leroux Spring is considered to be headwaters of the Rio de Flag located off Snowbowl Road on slopes of San Francisco Peaks, Coconino National Forest, north of Flagstaff

Guided Hike at Leroux Springs

Guide: Shannon Clark, retired Forest Service Civil Engineer 

Thursday, July 6th at 5:30pm

Meet at Leroux Springs Parking Area

Leroux Springs has long been an important source of flow for the Rio de Flag, but military expeditions in the 1850s led to its flows being captured for drinking water.

Join us on Thursday, July 6th for a guided hike of Leroux Springs with Shannon Clark. Shannon, a retired Forest Service civil engineer, has worked with the springs for the past 40 years in monitoring flows and operating the related drinking water systems which serve some Forest Service facilities. Hikers will learn about the spring and its current condition.

We look forward to seeing you for this interesting hike! Meet at 5:30pm at the Leroux Springs trailhead. Directions from Flagstaff available here.

June 1st: Walking tour of Rio de Flag FUTS Extension Project

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Public Meeting
Walking Tour: Rio de Flag FUTS Extension Project
 Guide: James Guidotti,
Capital Project Manager, Coconino County Public Works

 Thursday, June 1st at 5:30pm

Meet at Picture Canyon Parking Area

Map depicting the Rio de Flag FUTS Extension Project (outlined in red).
Source: Coconino County Public Works

The Flagstaff Urban Trail System provides a transportation and recreation corridor for Flagstaff residents. In addition, the FUTS snakes through Flagstaff open spaces used by many different wildlife species.

Join us on Thursday, June 1 at 5:30pm with James Guidotti, Coconino County Public Works Capital Project Manager, for a walking tour of the recently completed Rio de Flag FUTS Extension Project. James and representatives from the local firm, WLB Group, Inc., will discuss the goals of the project including restoring the canyon slopes so that they emulate the natural surrounding landscape of the area.

Join us next Thursday, June 1st for our first field trip meeting of the summer! We will meet at 5:30pm at the Picture Canyon parking area (see map of parking) and walk to the site.

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