Monthly Archives: April 2018

May 3rd: Social Perceptions on the Rio de Flag

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Free Membership Meeting

People fishing and enjoying the water at Frances Short Pond along the Rio de Flag, Flagstaff. Photo courteous of Tom Bean Photography.

Chelsea Silva to present on results from the Rio watershed survey

When: Thursday, May 3rd, 6pm-7:30pm

Where: Montoya Community Center, 245 N Thorpe Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Description: What are your experiences with the Rio de Flag? How often do you cycle or walk your dog on the FUTS that parallels the Rio? What are the benefits the Rio provides and some of its issues?

Join us on Thursday, May 3rd as we hear from Chelsea Silva, Executive Director with Friends of the Rio, who will share results from a survey of Flagstaff Area residents’ experiences with the Rio de Flag.

Friends of the Rio partnered with the City of Flagstaff and Coconino County to release this survey on the City’s Peak Democracy platform. Over 200 residents provided input through comments and placing points on a map to show recreation and restoration needs throughout the watershed.

Thank you to the Arizona Community Foundation for supporting this project!

Chelsea earned her Masters in Environmental Sciences & Policy from Northern Arizona University in 2016. During her studies, she began volunteering with the Friends of the Rio. She currently serves as an AmeriCorps STEM VISTA with the organization, working to build capacity through fundraising, partnership building, and event coordination.

May 16th: Community Forum on Private Wells

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Private Wells: Water Regulation, Perched Aquifers and Septic Impacts

Please click here to view the original press release.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Coconino Plateau Watershed Partnership (CPWP), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Coconino County and County Supervisor Art Babbott are hosting a community forum, “Private Wells: Water Regulations, Perched Aquifers and Septic Impacts,” on May 16. The meeting will inform private well owners across Coconino County on how to better understand the relationship between private wells and septic systems in the region and how to protect their wells from contamination.

There will be presenters from the State of Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, the Department of Water Resources, Northern Arizona University, USGS and others to discuss the responsibilities of the State and County regarding people’s water supplies.

Specific questions may be submitted ahead of time using the “Contact Us” link on the Coconino Plateau Watershed Advisory Committee website The link is located on the lower right of the Home Page. Questions should be submitted prior to Thursday, May 10 so they can be distributed to the presenters.

Attendees will also receive a copy of the Arizona Well Owner’s Guide.

WHO: Free and open to members of the public

WHAT: Community Forum on Private Wells in Northern Arizona: Regulations, Perched Aquifers and Septic Impacts

WHEN: 6 – 8:30 p.m. May 16.

WHERE: United States Geological Survey Bldg. #3

2255 N. Gemini Dr., Flagstaff, Ariz., 86001

For more information, please call Ron Doba, CPWP Coordinator, at 480-299-5764.




You’re Invited to NAU’s First Annual Student Water Symposium!

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You are invited to Northern Arizona University’s First Annual Student Water Symposium on April 19th-20th. The event offers both graduate and undergraduate students at NAU an opportunity to present water-related research and collaborate across disciplines, shaping them as the next generation of water policy-makers, managers, and stewards.

Moreover, the symposium acts as a venue to connect campus and the greater Flagstaff community through water by offering two evening events centered around the theme: The Wild & Scenic Rivers Act: 50 Years of Conservation & Beyond.

Thursday evening features a talk and presentation by special guest, Tim Palmer, author of Wild and Scenic Rivers: An American Legacy. Friday evening presents a screening of three short films by American Rivers followed by a panel discussion with river conservation professionals.

Both evening events are free admission to the public and promise to enlighten and inspire the audience.

Please visit their website details regarding evening events, a detailed list of featured panelists, and the student presentation schedule.

Hors d’oeuvres will be available at all events.