Native Planting Project at Linear Park to Benefit Water Quality

The South Grand River Watershed Alliance, in partnership with Raymore Parks and Recreation, and the Missouri Department of Conservation, is in the process of implementing four acres of plantings along the Linear Park walking trail at W. Lucy Webb Rd. and Huntington. The SGRWA, Raymore Parks & Recreation and community volunteers will be planting trees and shrubs Saturday, November 14 at 9:00 a.m. along 150 feet of the stream in the Linear Park at that location. You and your family are invited to join in this planting.

All plants —trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers—are native to Missouri and will serve to benefit water quality and provide essential habitat to a variety of species including Monarch and other butterflies and pollinators as well as birds and other species.

The riparian corridor (area along the stream) will be planted with native shrubs and trees such as buttonbush, bald cypress, and sycamore while the prairie meadow area will be sown with a mixture or many native grass and flower species.

Riparian corridors that extend from the headwaters and throughout the stream systems are important for the healthy functioning of the streams and water quality. Streamside plantings of native trees, shrubs, grasses and flowers serve to slow and absorb runoff into the ground which reduces downstream flooding; trap sediments and other pollutants before they reach the stream; provide essential habitat; stabilize soil and reduce erosion; and provide beauty and interest in the landscape.

Many prairie plants like those in the meadow planting have exceptionally long and complex root systems that build a porous, sponge-like soil which functions to benefit water quality by soaking up rainwater that is slowed by the plants. This slowing and absorption filters out pollutants present in runoff and reduces the volume of water reaching the stream.

You are invited to learn about the project and actions you can take to protect the quality of water that is essential for us all at an informational event on Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. till noon at the Linear Park, W. Lucy Webb Rd. near Huntington.

If you and your family are available Saturday morning, November 14 at 9 a.m., just wear appropriate clothing, shoes, and gloves and come prepared to enjoy helping with this important project! Call 816-716-9159 for more information

This project is partially funded through a grant awarded by the Mid-America Regional Council to the South Grand River Watershed Alliance. Visit sgrwa.org for additional information.

 

 


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