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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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