Watershed: Palouse River Basin
Stream Name: Paradise Creek
Date Established: 10/01/2002
Project Status: Complete
Willow poles and container stock were planted along the streambanks and on the floodplain. These native shrubs will help stabilize the failing streambanks, shade the stream, and introduce woody material to the stream system. Charter school students helped with the planting, and ongoing plant maintenance. The planting was also used as an educational opportunity for the students.
The stream segment has near vertical, slumping, eroding streambanks that were frequently undercut by high water events, contributing to the sediment load in the creek. The majority of the streambank soil was exposed but for a few patches of reed canary grass. Where Paradise Creek flows by the school, it is lined by golden willows, a non-native willow species that discourages a diversity of riparian trees and shrubs and threatens power lines above. There are also areas of steep, exposed banks that are eroding for lack of vegetative cover.
Across the bank, some vegetation was beginning to grow before we started our project