Please join us on Thursday, January 3rd for our annual potluck! Meet members of the Board (if you haven’t already) and learn about our 2018 achievements. In addition, the City of Flagstaff Water Conservation Program will provide an introduction to their current strategic planning process.
We will also host elections for Board of Directors. Vote online now or in person at the potluck.
Bring a friend and your favorite dish to share in this year’s feast!
Flow Monitoring Crew poses at Frances Short Pond before heading out to collect data along the Rio de Flag on May 19th, 2018.
When: Thursday, November 1st, 6:00p-7:30pm
Where: Joe Montoya Communter Center, 245 N Thorpe Road
Friends of the Rio has been lucky to mentor several interns and NAU student-led projects in 2018.
Join us on Thursday to hear from these individuals. John Leary, NAU Masters in Environmental Sciences & Policy student, will share his work on wet/dry mapping of the Rio de Flag. John helped developed protocol for wet/dry mapping in Flagstaff and worked closely with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to organize a citizen science event that engaged volunteers in collecting data along the Rio. John will share maps and camera footage that help us better understand flow regimes of the Rio de Flag.
We will also hear from Casey Langstroth, Victoria Hess, and Ryan Turley, three NAU undergraduate students who worked as a team to collect observational user data on two segments of the Rio de Flag. The intent of their project was to document how many users use the FUTS trails during sample periods.
Please join us this week to hear about the great work being done by these NAU students.
Public Meeting: What’s Up with the Friends of the Rio?
Attendees at a workshop focused on stormwater in the Southside Neighborhood discuss the future of the Rio de Flag in their neighborhood with City staff. The meeting was co-hosted by the City of Flagstaff and Friends of the Rio de Flag.
What: Public Meeting
Where: Montoya Community Center, 245 N. Thorpe Road
When: Thursday, October 4th, 6:00-7:30pm
Friends of the Rio de Flag has been busy over the last year. Join us October 4th to learn more about where we are at and where we are headed.
Last fall, the Friends received and EPA Environmental Justice Small grant aimed at building partnerships and gathering information in the Southside Neighborhood where the Rio de Flag and localized flooding have caused issues for generations.
As our EPA grant wraps up, we are preparing to receive a WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management grant from the Bureau of Reclamation. The WaterSMART grant will help us gather input from key stakeholders and the public for a watershed restoration plan.
Join us to learn about these projects and how you can be involved moving forward! Presenters include Chelsea Silva and Matt Muchna.
Rio de Flag Cleanup and Mini-Citizen Science Workshop
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.
We will host a Rio de Flag cleanup event and mini-citizen science workshop as part of Colorado River Days (bring your smart phone!).
Time and Date: The citizen science workshop will be held on Tuesday, September 25th from 4:00PM – 6:00PM. The cleanup will follow and we will wrap up by 6PM.
Location: Meet at Willow Bend Environmental Education Center at 703 E. Sawmill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (additional parking available at police station east of the center).
Note: Please dress for weather. Long pants and close-toed shoes recommended. Bring a smart phone and a water bottle. Gloves, trash bags, and trash grabbers will be available for use. Please follow instructions to download and install the Arizona Water Watch phone app prior to the event: http://azdeq.gov/arizona-water-watch-mobile-app.
Contact Chelsea Silva at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Mayor Coral Evans will walk us through the Southside Neighborhood to discuss the history of flooding in the neighborhood and potential solutions to address the issue. Mayor Evans is a third generation Southside resident who has lived and experienced the challenges of flooding in her community. We hope you can make it to this informative hike!
Meet at the northwest corner of Phoenix Avenue and Beaver Street.
The City of Flagstaff, Friends of the Rio, and the Southside community Association will co-host a meeting Addressing Impacts, Challenges and Opportunities Surrounding Flooding for Southside property owners and residents. Discussion will include how stormwater/flooding has influenced and currently influences lifestyles and property in the Southside and how to manage the Rio de Flag in the future. This meeting will be Saturday, August 18th 10am to 1pm at the Murdoch Community Center(203 E Brannen Ave). Lunch will be provided.
Locations, dates, and times of on-the-street meetings in the Southside Neighborhood.
Additionally, the Southside community planning team will host street and block level meetings in public spaces with residents, property owners and interested stakeholders to talk about issues related to these locations.
City staff will set-up a table and a pop-out canopy at the times and locations shown to the side. Staff will bring multiple maps, drawings, and tools to help facilitate conversations about what you want to see in these areas. Discussions can center around whatever topic you believe is most important. They will be organized around providing ideas for potential solutions though drawing and showing. Come ready to share your ideas on “what this street should look like,” how could this crossing work better,” “where could more bike lanes exist,” where should better public spaces/parks exist,” “how can this area feel more safe,” or whatever else you would like to design.
From Ditch to Greenbelt: reclamation of the Rio de Flag in Cheshire
Thursday, August 2nd, 5:30pm – 7pm
Meet at the NW section of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s parking lot.
Dr. Peter Price inspects a young willow tree he planted along the Rio de Flag in Cheshire. Photo by Tom Bean Photography
Ephemeral rivers only flow during large storm events such as summer monsoons. As such, these dry corridors are often perceived as and even treated as nothing more than ditches.
On Thursday, August 2nd we will discover how Regents’ Professor Emeritus Peter Price transformed the “ditch” behind his house into a flourishing riparian greenbelt. Dr. Price’s teachings at Northern Arizona University focused on insect ecology, entomology, and biological evolution.
Dr. Price will guide us along the Rio de Flag in his neighborhood where he planted willows and other plant species. These plantings create a vibrant area and provide shade for visitors and habitat for wildlife.
The restoration of ephemeral rivers builds awareness and recognition of these places as assets rather than unsightly burdens.
We look forward to seeing you next Thursday for a relaxing hike. Meet at 5:30pm at the northwest corner of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s parking lot (3101 N Fort Valley Road).
We are suggesting a $5/participant donation for this guided hike.
***Thank you to the Museum of Northern Arizona for providing parking for this event! Thirsty Thursday will take place at the museum following this hike (6-8pm). The cost is $6/person or free entry for museum members***