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Restroom to be built at Slide Rock to improve area’s water quality

SEDONA, Ariz. — The Oak Creek Watershed Council has been awarded a grant
to build a restroom near Slide Rock where poor water quality has led to
shutdowns of the tourist area.

The water problems at Slide Rock in Oak Creek largely are because of improper trash
disposal and human waste. The amount of E.coli bacteria in Oak Creek has reached
500 times what the state said is acceptable in the past.

The $253,000 grant from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will go
toward a restroom near Midgley Bridge, which is north of Sedona on U.S. 89A. The
department said more than 400,000 tourists a year access hiking trails from that
parking area.

The grant also will fund 20 pet waste stations, and a video and guidebook on
pollution.

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