Two Rim residents recognized for cleaning up creeks

Kathy Mills, president of Arizona Onsite Water Recycling Association, recognizes Doug Disbrow and Susan Keown for their efforts to delist Christopher and Tonto creeks from the EPA’s list of nitrogen polluted streams.

Two local water warriors received an award from the Arizona Onsite Water Recycling Association for their efforts to remove nitrogen from Tonto and Christopher Creek on Jan. 5.

The Environmental Protection Agency had placed the two creeks on its list of identified polluted waterways.

Due to Susan Keown and Doug Disbrow’s efforts, the EPA delisted the creeks for nitrogen pollution.

“The creek delisting accomplishment is a big deal in the clean water world,” said Jake Garrett, of the Gila County Development Office.

Garrett works with septic and permits. He said Keown, a Realtor and Disbrow, a septic builder decided to do something when they learned old septic systems leaked into the creeks.

Between Keown and Disbrow, the two would work with buyers of homes to fix up their old leaky septic systems.

“It was a great ceremony and both were humbled by the recognition,” said Garrett.

He hopes the accomplishments of the two water warriors inspire others to help clean up the environment.

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