7,000 Trees Enlisted to Help Save a River

Springfield, MO (March 13, 2013) – Erosion along the bank of Wilson’s Creek is sending silt and debris into the James River. To help prevent the banks from washing away during flood events and cleanup the Creek, volunteers will plant more than 7,000 trees and bushes along a mile-long stretch.

eroding river banksThe $80,000 project is being funded with part of a $600,000 DNR grant that uses federal money to help stop erosion and pollution in waterways. The mile-long and 100-feet wide riparian corridor will be planted with more than two dozen species of native Missouri trees and shrubs. Some of the trees are expected to eventually grow to 60 feet or more.

New trees will include some canopy trees such as willows, but also understory trees like flowering dogwoods. The wastewater treatment plan has agreed to use treated waste water to water the plants for up to two years, especially if Missouri has another drought as they did last summer.

The project is a joint effort of the James River Basin Partnership, the city of Springfield, Ozarks Greenways, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Conservation Department and Missouri State University. Project partners will also work with property owners along the creek to educate them about how they can help improve the riparian areas and protect the river.

7000 new trees, bushes to slowbank’s erosion at Wilson’s Creek