I'm curious as to what you guys think of this. Port-o-potties in the middle of Fossil Creek???
From the AZ Dept of Environmental Quality website:
PHOENIX (July 14, 2009) Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Director
Benjamin H. Grumbles announced today the award of a $211,825 grant to Coconino
National Forest to set up as many as 10 portable toilets along the middle reach of Fossil
Creek, a tributary of the Verde River, during a press conference at Fossil Creek.
Fossil Creek, which is on the federal roster of Wild and Scenic Rivers, has become a
popular tourist destination in recent years. Natural flows were restored to the creek in
2005 after its waters were diverted for nearly a century for hydropower generation. Non-
native fish were removed from 9 miles of the creek in 2004.
However, because no restroom facilities are available in much of the area, Fossil Creek
has been threatened by overnight camping and day-use activities. Coconino National
Forest officials have recorded more than 100 campsites marred by trash, including human
waste, along the creek in Gila and Yavapai counties.
Money from ADEQ's Water Quality Improvement Grant will be used to determine the
best locations for toilets along a 4.6-mile stretch of Fossil Creek. The facilities will be
installed by a Forest Service contractor and the sites will be monitored by Coconino
National Forest staff and researchers with Northern Arizona University's School of
Forestry to determine if the toilets are being used and recreation patterns in the area.
In addition, the Forest Service will launch a "Leave No Trace" public awareness
campaign, which will include posted signs to remind campers how to properly dispose of
human waste and trash. Forest Service officials discussed that campaign and other Fossil
Creek updates at the Tuesday press conference.
Full article is here in PDF format: http://www.azdeq.gov/function/news/2009 ... d/0714.pdf