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Coconino County receives state grant for Harrenburg Wash Project

Coconino County receives state grant for Harrenburg Wash Project

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Oak Creek Fishing

In this Aug. 6 file photo, a man fishes in Oak Creek just 1,000 feet downstream from where a sewage spill occurred earlier that week.

Coconino County Parks and Recreation was awarded an Arizona Water Protection Fund grant from the Arizona Department of Water Resources to conduct the Harrenburg Wash Enhancement Project.

Using this grant, totaling $129,190, the project will aim to enhance the riparian habitat at Harrenburg Wash, which is part of Pumphouse County Natural Area in Kachina Village. Harrenburg Wash and Pumphouse Wash are in the Upper Verde River Watershed and are the headwaters of Oak Creek Canyon. The wash and its wetland habitat have been experiencing downstream channel erosion due to high water velocity, channel head cuts and the invasion of non-native weeds.

Work will include channel restoration, treating invasive weeks, incorporating re-vegetation efforts and other efforts to contribute to higher riparian quality.

“The Pumphouse County Natural Area is home to numerous species of birds and wildlife, which is why this project to restore the landscape to a more natural state is of the utmost importance especially as invasive species threaten this special place,” said Matt Ryan, Coconino County District 3 Supervisor. “Coconino County is grateful to the Arizona Department of Water Resources for these funds which will bring about renewal for our native vegetation, improve the quality of our water and continue to provide opportunities for recreation for the people of the county and our visitors.”

For more information, visit http://www.Coconino.AZ.Gov/Parks.

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