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New group to take on city creek preservation

PRESCOTT –Creeks in the Prescott area will have a new ally soon, when the Prescott Creek Watch Network (PCWN) gets under way.

The Prescott Creek Preservation Association (PCPA) is building on its experience with the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve by starting the network.

The goal of the PCWN is to establish an interactive network of citizen-led groups throughout the Granite Creek watershed.

Each group will reflect the interests of its neighborhood, with volunteer members working together to protect, restore and celebrate their nearby creek.

The PCWN is unique in that it focuses specifically on the creeks that wind through the local terrain and helps small neighborhood groups to explore the rich natural and cultural history that these streams offer.

Among the first such groups will be the Aspen Creek Watch Group, which will conduct a kick-off meeting from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Chapel Rock Arizona Church Conference Center off Indian Hill and Country Club Drive.

The general focus of the Aspen Creek group will be to celebrate and monitor the parts of the creek that wind past homes and through the neighborhood.

With guidance from PCPA, the group will establish its own set of priorities, projects and activities.

Organizers are encouraging anyone with an interest in things such as water flow, wildlife sightings, bird sightings, trees, plants, flowers or frogs to attend the meeting.

After the meeting, those who are interested will take a walk along the creek.

Organizers say that forming the network of Creek Watch groups is an important step toward building a watershed-wide effort to monitor the health and aesthetics of the local creeks, and to raise community awareness and knowledge of the local water resources.

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