Verde Valley AZ (January 24, 2013) – You’ve surely noticed lovely new ponds along Rte 89A, just west of Sedona, on the road’s north side–with flocks of birds and lush plants nearby—sitting across the road from a network of white pipes spouting water.
One is the new Sedona Wetlands Preserve; the other is a system for disposing effluent from the town’s wastewater treatment facility.
What is going on there–on both sides of the road? How are the two areas connected?
What else might pop up in that area? A solar field? A new Cultural Park?
Did you know Sedona’s effluent has achieved an A+ grade? Should you feel proud?
These questions and more will be answered by Sedona’s Mayor, Rob Adams, at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute’s Lunch and Learn: Keynote Speaker Program to be held in room 34 of Yavapai College’s Sedona campus (on Cultural Park Road, across Rte 89A from Red Rock High School) on Wednesday, January 30, from 1:00 – 2:00.
Mayor Adams will explain why Sedona has spent over $34 million in that area over the last six years, why he believes those funds were well-spent, and what his dreams for that area are. (Yes, mayors do have dreams about wetlands and wastewater.)
“Lunch & Learn” is a “town square” for local residents to gather, chat, and interact with speakers who do interesting and important things in town. This enjoyable, informative, weekly community event is free and open to all!
Bring your lunch (or come for complimentary coffee, tea, water, and a little snack) and join the conversation at 12:30, or come from 1:00 – 2:00 to learn Mayor Adams’ thinking, actions, and vision for the wetlands/wastewater area. He will present for up to 30 minutes, and there will be Q & A and discussion for the remaining time.
OLLI is a local, volunteer, peer-to-peer, adult education program. This is the first week of its Winter term and nearly 100 learning groups and workshops are currently available for a nominal fee. For more information about OLLI or the Lunch & Learn program, please call: 928-649-4275.
IMO, that stewarding Sedona’s natural resources is a wise and meaningful investment.
Not that many years ago I used to bird the Wastewater Treatment Plant with the local Audubon Society. There were about 5 overflow ponds on the north side of 89A exactly where the “new” wetlands park has gone in. Like our local streets and storm drains, the ponds were not maintained. Soon invasive and non-invasive plants took the site over. Eventually cows were allowed to graze the area and woof down the vegitation. Now Sedonans have gotten a $250,000-plus Preserve when we once had a nicer wetlands in the same location.