LCFEG received a grant under the Clark County Clean Water Restoration Fund to do riparian restoration and outreach along a stretch of the Little Washougal River. The overall goal of the CCCWRF program is to reduce the impact of stormwater impacts on streams, wetlands and other aquatic habitats through the restoration of watershed and aquatic stream processes. “Stormwater” is basically any water that runs off the land into our waterways and often includes substances that can pollute our streams and rivers (e.g., sediment, chemicals, bacteria, brake dust, etc.). One way to reduce harmful impacts from stormwater is through healthy, functioning riparian forest buffers that help keep water clean. Trees, shrubs, and grasses act as a filter by trapping nutrients, pesticides, pathogens, and other stormwater pollutants from reaching the stream.
LCFEG's project along the Little Washougal aims to work with as many local landowners as time and budget will allow to improve unhealthy riparian areas by removing invasive plants and planting native species. This grant will fund 100% of restoration work with no cost to landowners. We also plan to share with interested landowners how functional riparian areas are good for clean water and, ultimately, our native fish!
The project boundary is the intersection of SE Washougal River Road and SE Blair Road upstream to the intersection of NE Blair Road and NE Zeek Road. Restoration work would include reduction of invasive plant coverage and increase of native vegetation density through planting. Healthy riparian areas improve water quality by absorbing nutrient, bacteria, and sediment pollution that runs off of lawns, pastures, driveways, and roads. Healthy riparian areas are pretty to look at, they increase bank stability, and they provide shade to reduce summer water temperatures which is good for salmon and steelhead!!!
For more information please email the project manager, Maurice, at lcfegfield (at) outlook.com or give us a call at 360-882-6671!