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Forest Service Chief Pledges $3.5-Million For Watershed Restoration Measures On The Museum Fire Burn Scar

photo courtesy of Coconino National Forest
photo courtesy of Coconino National Forest

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The U.S. Forest Service pledges to give the Coconino County Flood Control District three-and-half million dollars for on-forest watershed restoration measures in the Museum Fire Flood area. The pledge was made Tuesday by Forest Service Chief Randy Moore. The money will be used to design and construct watershed restoration measures on Forest Service land between the burn scar and Flagstaff. County supervisor Jeronimo Vasquez says “the Forest Service’s partnership is a game changer on the path to improving the lives of the people within the Museum Flood Area who have been devastated by the severe and repetitive flooding,” Watershed restoration measures include restoration and stabilization of alluvial fans and stabilization of channels, which are done to reduce the level of sediment leaving the burn area and impacting the Mt. Elden Estates area and the Paradise, Grandview, and Sunnyside neighborhoods in Flagstaff. Reducing the level of sediment is a prerequisite for more effective existing and future flood mitigation within the City of Flagstaff.