WE INSTALLED A 15,000 SQUAREFOOT RIPARIAN BUFFER AND OUTDOOR CLASSROOM ALONG ROCK CREEK, A FIRST ORDER STREAM OF THE TOOKANY CREEK LOCATED BEHIND THE SCHOOL!!
In addition to beautifying our watershed, buffers play a key role in improving water quality in streams and rivers, providing several benefits:
Increased on-site stormwater infiltration
Decreased non-point source pollution
Prevention of excessive downstream flows
Decreased water temperature through shading
Improved habitat for wildlife
Increased opportunity for watershed education
Riparian Buffer Projects!!
Rainwater carries chemicals, trash, and other materials over land and into storm drains and creeks, adversely impacting waterways, plants, and wildlife. Riparian buffers help absorb and filter rainwater before it reaches the creek.
If you live next to a stream, you can easily and inexpensively create your own riparian buffer. Instead of mowing right up to the water’s edge, simply let the vegetation on the streambank grow out on its own. Once your riparian buffer begins to take shape, you can add native plant species of your choice and remove harmful or invasive species.