Calling all NW Nature Park@2222 Volunteers,

Please join us as we discuss plans to improve this area of the Shoal Creek greenbelt.

Human-nature interaction in an urban creek environment requires a balance of habitat preservation, flood mitigation, and thoughtful human impact. Restoration of the riparian zone—the area between the water and the land—is especially crucial.

An important aspect of our restoration is the conversion of three old concrete stormwater drains into bioswales: low drainage areas designed to filter out pollutants before rainwater (remember rain?) flows into the creek. These bioswales, in conjunction with “no-mow” buffers, invasive non-native plant removal, and native vegetation restoration can transform this previously neglected area into a place of natural beauty in our neighborhood.

We will meet with Mateo Scoggins on a Grow Zone tour in January and encourage volunteers interested in working on this tremendous project in February to sign up at the Treefolks link below (be sure to enter “NW Nature Park” in the Volunteer Organization slot).

Friends of creeks and plants, come to the Shoal Creek Greenbelt at Allandale on January 11th, 2013, at 3:00 for a tour of the Grow Zone and discussion of the current and future ecological state of the riparian zone of this very urban creek. We will start at the upstream end, just South of 2222, and amble downstream to the large stormwater outfall that was recently completed at the end of the park. Topics of discussion will be planting and seeding efforts, bioswale retrofits of the three stormwater outfalls that run through the greenbelt, and any topics of interest that come up.

In addition to this educational event, there will be a sapling planting event (Ready, Set, Plant) that needs volunteers on February 9th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Planting saplings will enable us to restore native tree and shrub diversity during drought as well as retain water and improve water quality in Austin’s waterways. If you are interested, go to the Treefolks website and sign up!

Thanks and I look forward to seeing you at the creek.

Mateo Scoggins
Environmental Scientist
City of Austin
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(see links below for what I am working on…)

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