Arizona Department of Environmental Quality officials say a nearly 166-thousand-dollar grant has been awarded to the Oak Creek Watershed Council for continued outreach efforts and cleanup events in northern Arizona. The grant is one of three awarded in Arizona this year, administered by ADEQ's water quality improvement grant program. It is to address polluted runoff from different sources. Last year, the Creek Ambassadors program and Oak Creek cleanup project conducted a successful campaign north of Sedona near Highway 89-A along Oak Creek. The project collected nearly two tons of trash. With continued funding this year, the ambassadors will work as two-person teams trained by the United States Forest Service. They will provide outreach about pollution control and other responsible recreation practices during the most popular tourist months in the Oak Creek area.