Phase One of the watershed restoration project in Schultz Creek began Monday. The watershed restoration project is part of an effort to minimize the impacts of severe flooding and erosion, which occurred after last summer’s Pipeline Fire. Following the wildfire season, downstream infrastructure in the City of Flagstaff was overwhelmed by the amount of flooding. Lucinda Andreani, Coconino County’s Flood Control District Administrator, says the restoration project will be a game changer. During construction, roadways will be closed in the area about half-a-mile from the Chimney Trail to vehicles but trails will remain open for hiking, biking and equestrian use. People in the nearby area should be cautious of active work crews operating heavy machinery. Phase One of construction is expected to last four-to-six weeks, with Phase Two will begin in late 2023. More information on the watershed restoration project can be found on Coconino County’s Flood Control District website.
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