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Fri, Feb. 28

Youth and elders participate in Agua Fria watershed cleanup

"I think that makes a place more meaningful," said Hoadley. "When people come, they realize it was someone's home; it has a long and great history and it is worthwhile to respect that and respect the land."

She also hopes to place a sign that informs future visitors of the local clean up effort and asks them not to litter.

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) employees, Bryan Gangwisch and Max Enterline spoke to the volunteer crew on Saturday morning also.

"There is a requirement for the $5,000 grant, to have a 40% non-federal match of your total project cost," said Enterline. "So the time you are spending here picking up trash, we're going to log down as hours."

Exceeding the 40% match with in-kind labor will have a positive effect in the final analysis of the project.

Enterline said, "If we want to do it again, we'll have a better idea of how much money to ask for because we'll know how much we can match in volunteer activity."

Hoadley added, "We are able to value your time at $8 per hour for the purposes of the grant."

Max Enterline (right) of the ADEQ adds more bags to the pile. Photos/Ann Crossland

Volunteers collected and hauled away 659 pounds of debris, including a bag with a dead skunk, diapers, a smashed television, rotten clothes and carpet.

"Three National Honor Society girls from Mayer High School did a great job of weighing, calculating and loading all this material," Hoadley said.

The group recycled 109 aluminum cans, 68 glass bottles, 10 pounds of plastic bottles, 25 pounds of cardboard and two tires. Volunteers also loaded a pickup with scrap steel and engine blocks totaling 2,800 pounds for recycling.

"It was a good launch for our clean up program," said Hoadley. "Thanks to all who helped."

Local citizens who would like to become involved in the watershed partnership can contact Mary Hoadley at 632-6212. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Arcosanti Library and promotes stewardship practices to protect the sub watershed in this area.

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