The year of 2000 was both busy and challenging. Public contacts
have exceeded 5ooo contacts through participation in a number of public
events and providing, personal, on-site experiences for Yavapai County
residents. Contacts included students, teachers, educators, municipal
personnel, leaders, VIP's and the general public.
Topics were diverse. Well water testing participation doubled and expanded
to 7 parameters, "shirt-pocket" kit. Local laboratories became
participants in facilitating bacterial testing for the first time in the
four year programs history. Nitrate elevation trends were re-confirmed
by data gathered.
Septic system guides were exhausted early in the year and a new and improve
South Western version has been recently made available. Over 700 packets
have been distributed in Yavapai County since being made available in
1999. A slide program was used for the first time for a public presentation
at A VWA meeting in Chino Valley.
Educational efforts became more focused on Watersheds, Water Quality
and Groundwater. A net of participating schools is slowly identifying
the UA - CE as a valuable resource in assisting with the enhancement of
The Water Resources Newsletter continue to and has provided over 1000
local residents with current issues and insight into water resources,
water awareness and related services.
The UA-CE of Yavapai County continues to participate and contribute to
local water interest and educational groups in an advisory status. One
effort, the preservation of Glassford Hill State lands, currently appears
to have resulted in it's protection and preservation as an extensive green
belt project between the communities of Prescott and Prescott Valley.
Classroom activities and presentation have expanded throughout the Counties
schools. Field trips and our first camp out are providing more access
to real-world opportunities for local students to become more familiar
and skilled in dealing with water issues affecting their lives.
A major effort is underway to develop a Master Watershed Stewardship
program designed to identify and train local residents to provide local,
leadership and accessability to water resource information and services
through our area.
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