Engineers with Coconino County Community Development
February 6 at 6:30 pm
At the Montoya Center
235 N Thorpe Rd
We have all seen the threat of flooding from the fire last summer and many of us helped place sandbags to prevent damage from possible flooding that occurs post-fire. What is the county’s role in flood mitigation and what are the plans going forward? John Carr and Christopher Tressler, engineers for Coconino County will give a short presentation and be able to answer questions about how the county is proceeding with flood mitigation work. Join us on February 6 at the Montoya Center to learn more.
We have had to cancel our in-person meetings this spring – but now we are back with a zoom meeting on June 4 at 6:00. Dr. Ben Ruddell, Associate Professor, School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems, Northern Arizona University, will be discussing a citizen science possibility on the Rio de Flag. Perhaps you have seen one of the stations with a water level marker and a sign about how to participate. Dr. Ruddell will explain how to take part in the study. Please join us on June 4.
It is a great time to be outside, about the safest place to be these days according to several studies. We encourage all to get outside on the Rio de Flag. It is especially beautiful now with the trees leafing out and abundant bird song. Last week I was walking the section in Coconino Estates and a string quartet was playing in a back yard, right next to the FUTS trail. It was sublime. But we have an added reason to be out on the Rio – taking part in citizen science. Beauty, exercise, birdsong, and science – the Rio has it all.
Information on how to participate in the zoom meeting will be sent to our members. If you would like to be in on the meeting but do not get an invitation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wish you all a joyous New Year. In winter with short days and long nights, when snow covers the high country, it may appear that all the watershed is at rest. It is a good time to to reflect on the hard work we have done to protect and restore the Rio, and to voice our concerns and hopes for the future of Flagstaff’s watershed. Please join us on Thursday, January 2nd at the Montoya Center at 6:00-7:30 for our annual potluck! Meet members of the Board (if you haven’t already) and learn about our 2019 work on the Army Corps project and the Watershed Plan. Bring a friend and your favorite dish to share in this year’s feast
We will not be holding a regular meeting in December because the Montoya Center has closed the meeting rooms until January. We will hold our annual potluck on the first Thursday in January. Make sure to join us then for some good food and time to catch up with all that has been happening with the Rio.
Do you love the Rio, and want to help protect, restore, and improve it? Our long time board member Bryan Bates will be stepping down this year to run for County Supervisor, and we are looking for a few new board members. If you have a few hours a month and a desire to be involved, please talk to one of the board members during the potluck in January, or email Kathy Flaccus at email@example.com.
Join us on November 7 to hear Robert Wallace, the City’s Open Space specialist. He will be talking about the progress and plans for Picture Canyon, one of the jewels of the the Rio de Flag. Learn more about the wonderful places that Flagstaff has preserved all around town.
Sponsored by the City of Flagstaff, Sierra Club, Murdoch Center, Natural Channel Design, Be Resourceful, and the Friends of the Rio de Flag
Volunteer to Make a Difference in Flagstaff’s Southside •Rio de Flag litter clean-up • Installation of stormwater drain signs •Drawing for prizes •Family friendly event •Lunch for volunteers! Meet at the Murdoch Center. Parking is limited, consider carpooling, walking, busing or biking! Please wear sun protection and sturdy shoes. Bring your refillable water bottle. For more info, contact Maggie Twomey at firstname.lastname@example.org (928) 213-2144
September 5 at the Montoya Center 245 N Thorpe Rd 6pm
recent Museum Fire has brought quite a bit of attention to Spruce
Avenue Wash, a stream that few in Flagstaff had heard about or even knew
about prior to
the fire. Spruce Avenue Wash is one of over a dozen washes that make up
88 miles of stream channel within the Flagstaff city limits. The
watersheds of these washes vary from small urban drainages to the Rio de
Flag that extents all the way to the top of the
peaks. This presentation will provide a quick overview of the
watersheds of Flagstaff including current and future work at the city to
maintain and protect the watersheds and the challenges and threats to
the stream courses. Hopefully the presentation will
provide perspective, allowing the audience to understand the need and
power of grassroots organizations like the Friends of the Rio.
Ed Schenk is a project manager with the City of Flagstaff’s Stormwater team. He has lived in Flagstaff for the last 4 years with additional hydrology and geology work at the Museum of Northern Arizona and the National Park Service. Ed was a research scientist with the USGS for the decade before moving to Arizona with river restoration experience in more than 10 states. He has a Master’s from Indiana University and over 30 publications on river, wetlands, and estuary ecosystem function.Last May Ed led a walk with the Friends of the Rio de Flag to the Cheshire Wetlands to look at the restoration potential of the Cheshire Pond.
Many thanks to the small but effective group of volunteers that helped touch up the Zuni Bowl construction site in Cheshire last Saturday. April Smith, Jenifer Lefere, Allison Lefere, and Alice Lefere all pitched in to install rock grade control in the construction bypass channel, pull weeds, rake out the spoils piles and plant native seed. These little details will help to mitigate the construction impacts and are greatly appreciated.
Other volunteers worked in Spruce Avenue Wash
A big effort was organized by Sharon Masek Lopez, with the help of Collis and others that surveyed and cleaned out trash and debris from the Spruce Ave Wash channel downstream of Rt 66 in preparation for flooding. Those folks also get a big thank you from FoRio.
Where:Corner of Boldt and Cooper in Cheshire,
just downstream of the bridge over the Rio
When:Saturday August 3, 2019 at 8:30 am until
What:City of Flagstaff had a contractor construct
a rock structure to stop a head cut in the Rio de Flag Channel. The contractor is done but there is a need
for some site clean up, seeding, and minor rock work. Learn about erosion
control and zuni bowl construction. Plus you will likely see water in the
up with Gloves, sunscreen and water. We will have tools and direction on hand.