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Ribbon of Life: Short Film on the Rio de Flag

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Filmmaker Brittain Davis with his filming gear at Foxglen.

The Rio de Flag is the “ribbon of life” that connects people to people, people to nature, and provides a corridor for wildlife through Flagstaff. Friends of the Rio de Flag welcomes you to view our new short film about those who visit and love the Rio de Flag.

Thank you to Brittain Davis for his time and energy in making the Rio de Flag come to life through this film.

Film available online here.

Annual Membership Meeting (Potluck!)

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Annual Potluck Meeting

  • When: Thursday, December 7th
    • 6-7:30pm
  • Where: Montoya Community Center,
    • 245 N Thorpe

This year has been a big one for the Friends of the Rio de Flag and we want to share our accomplishments with you, the members of the organization.

Join us on Thursday, December 7th for our annual potluck! Meet members of the Board (if you haven’t already) and learn about our 2017 achievements. We will also host elections for Board of Directors.

Bring a friend and your favorite dish to share in this year’s feast!


Cast your Ballot for Board of Directors

When: Now until December 7th

Where: Cast your online ballot here! Voting is for members only.

What: Online voting for the reelection of four Board Members. To vote, please follow this link to the anonymous ballot. Voting is for members only. This online ballot will be available until 12AM on December 7th. In-person voting will be made available at the Annual Potluck on Thursday, December 7th. Board Member positions are three-year terms and are volunteer-based.


Take the Watershed Survey

Rio de Flag viewed from Stardust Road and north end of Rio Rancho and April Roads, Nov. 16, 2017, Doney Park neighborhood, northeast of Flagstaff, Arizona; Photo courteous of Tom Bean Photography

What benefits do you receive from the Rio de Flag? What are the issues you face with the Rio? How do you use the Rio and where?

The Friends of the Rio de Flag has partnered with the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County to get your input on the Rio de Flag. Share your experiences by taking this survey on the City of Flagstaff’s Community Forum before December 17th.

All participants will be entered into a raffle to win cool prizes!

 

Take the Rio de Flag Watershed Survey!

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What benefits do you receive from the Rio de Flag? What are the issues you face with the Rio? How do you use the Rio and where?

The Friends of the Rio de Flag has partnered with the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County to get your input on the Rio de Flag. Share your experiences by taking this survey on the City of Flagstaff’s Community Forum before December 17th.

All participants will be entered into a raffle to win cool prizes!

Click below to access the online survey, and thank you for participating!

Make a Difference Day brings together Flagstaff residents at Willow Bend

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Volunteers working to restore a native habitat garden at Willow Bend Environmental Education Center, during Make a Difference Day, Oct. 28, 2017, volunteers participate in effort to restore Willow Bend habitat gardens, establish native vegetation on slopes, and clean up trash along the Rio de Flag below gardens at 703 E. Sawmill Road, Flagstaff, Arizona

Last Saturday, October 28th, volunteers gathered at Willow Bend Environmental Education Center for Make a Difference Day. Between restoring Willow Bend habitat gardens, establishing vegetation on the slopes, and cleaning up trash along the Rio de Flag, volunteers gave back to their community in a big way.

Thank you to all those organizations involved in putting this event together including the City of Flagstaff Sustainability Section, Friends of Willow Bend Gardens, and Coconino County Parks & Recreation, among others. Check out photos from the event below. And, of course, thank you to the community for coming out and truly making a difference!

Nov 2: What’s New with the Rio de Flag?

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Membership Meeting: Updates from the Board and City of Flagstaff Community Development

Thursday, November 2nd, 6pm

Montoya Community Center

Volunteers cleanup Switzer Canyon Wash at Foxglen in celebration of Colorado River Days on September 3rd, 2017.

As we gear up for the final months of 2017, the Board of Directors will dedicate the November membership meeting to updates on Rio de Flag happenings. Topics to be covered include:

  • Update on the Rio de Flag Flood Control Project Design with City of Flagstaff Community Development Department staff
  • Friends of the Rio’s Proposal for submission to the Flagstaff Open Space, Parks, and Recreation Campaign
  • Update on Rio watershed planning efforts including meetings with the City and County, watershed public survey, and plans for addressing environmental justice in the Southside Neighborhood with the Southside Community Association
  • Elections in December

With so many updates, you won’t want to miss this meeting!

We hope to see you on Thursday, November 2nd.

 

October Membership Meeting Cancelled, But Flagstaff Walks!

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Frances Short Pond along the Rio de Flag with a view of the Peaks in the background. Tom Bean Photography

Flagstaff Walks!
Flagstaff Community Market
Guide: Chelsea Silva,
Friends of the Rio de Flag Executive Director
Sunday, October 1st at 9am
Meet at Flagstaff Walks! booth at market entrance
 
The Friends of the Rio de Flag October membership meeting is cancelled due to temporary closure of the Montoya Community Center.
We will resume membership meetings in November (Nov. 2nd), but in the mean time join our Executive Director, Chelsea Silva, for a walk this Sunday, October 1st. Chelsea will lead a walk from the Flagstaff Community Market to Frances Short Pond. She will provide updates on the U.S. Army Corps Rio de Flag Flood Control Project Design and other Rio-related projects.
We hope you can make it out for a leisurely hike this Sunday!

Thank you to our volunteers!

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THANK YOU!

A big thanks to all of the hard-working volunteers who came out to cleanup and pull weeds along the Rio de Flag on Sunday, September 3rd as part of Colorado River Days! This motivated group of 10 people picked up 5 bags of trash and 1 bag of recycling along a half-mile stretch of watershed including the Rio de Flag and one of its tributaries, Switzer Canyon Wash.

Continue celebrating Colorado River Days with more interesting events through September 15th at: http://www.coloradoriverdaysflagstaff.org/

Rio de Flag Community Weed Pull and Cleanup, Sept. 3, 2017, Volunteers picking up trash along the channel of Switzer Wash near confluence with Rio de Flag, Flagstaff, Arizona

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!