This week we’re shining a spotlight on a local environmental organization called the Palouse Conservation District, a grassroots organization whose focus is working with the community to identify and solve local problems—usually regarding the environment. Their Riparian Restoration project is just one of the many projects they have going on to benefit the community. So why is this project so important and how can you get involved? Read more to find out!
What is a riparian area?
According to the Palouse Conservation District, a riparian area is the land or area between land and the body of water, such as rivers and streams. This is sometimes known as a riparian zone or a riparian buffer zone.
What is the Riparian Restoration project and how does it impact our community?
This project has many different parts, all involving restoring riparian areas on the Palouse. The project has many ways of serving the community, including providing financial assistance for farmers to run their own projects on their land and technical assistance to carry out the work. The community can often get involved with the project by signing up for their many events, such as Plant the Palouse, which allows volunteers to plant native plant species in local riparian areas to benefit both the river and the land. These plants will help decrease soil erosion and runoff, as well as decrease sedimentation, which is when soil and other materials run off into the water. The plants’ roots help keep the soil healthy and in place and prevents fertilizer from entering the water, which allows other native plants to thrive and helps keep the water clean for the local wildlife.
How do I get involved?
The Palouse Conservation District’s website has a calendar of events that you can access and a contact list to get in touch with them about the various projects they have going on. Another way you can get involved is to look at their CougSync page, which lets you see all their different projects and sign up to participate in their events with a click of a button. Please note that you must be a WSU student to sign up for their events on CougSync.
There are all sorts of ways to get involved in your community, and the Palouse Conservation District is one awesome organization offering opportunities to do that, while spending time in nature and helping to restore the environment around us.
Check out these links if you want to get involved:
Palouse Conservation District Website: https://www.palousecd.org/
CougSync Page: https://orgsync.com/52299/events?view=upcoming
~ Written by Hannah Shapiro ~