Rebecca McCoun-Travers of the North Santiam Watershed Council is trying to restore the ecological processes along the riparian areas of the river.. She is raising money here. Recently, I caught up with Rebecca to learn more about their effort; here’s what she told me:
What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?
The North Santiam Watershed Council wants to help streamside landowners restore the ecological processes along the riparian areas of the North Santiam River and its tributaries!
WHY RIPARIAN RESTORATION?
Riparian areas help improve water quality by filtering pollutants, such as fertilizers and pesticides from the soil. The North Santiam River is the drinking water source for the City of Salem (State Capital) and for 9 small communities within the watershed.
Riparian areas help stabilize stream banks by holding soil in place with their roots.
Riparian areas help provide fish habitat by adding large, woody debris to streams.
Riparian areas help provide food and shelter for wildlife.
Riparian areas create shade to cool water for fish.
Riparian areas reduce property damage from floods.
Riparian areas increase opportunities to view wildlife.
All donations will go directly towards assisting landowners with the cost of site preparation (noxious weed removal), purchasing plant materials (native trees & shrubs), and costs of planting and maintaining project sites. Helping with the planning, cost and implementation of riparian restoration will help encourage landowners to take action.
How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?
All donations will go directly towards assisting landowners with the cost of site preparation (noxious weed removal), purchasing plant materials (native trees & shrubs), and costs of planting and maintaining project sites.
The North Santiam Watershed Council is a group of local volunteers who act together with interested landowners to facilitate the restoration of habitat important to fish and wildlife and to support the economy and quality of life of our communities. Cascade Pacific RC&D, a 501(c)3 is our fiscal sponsor and employer of record.
Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?
We are collecting donations to assist the streamside landowners residing within in the North Santiam Watershed. Riparian restoration can be very time consuming and expensive. Most landowners don’t have the time or money to make efforts to restore the riparian areas on their property. The North Santiam Watershed Council Project Managers will assist interested landowners with the planning, funding and implementation of the restoration projects.
The North Santiam Watershed encompasses approximately a half million acres (766mi2) in Linn and Marion County in the mid-Willamette Valley. The North Santiam and its contributing stream network is home to a number of diverse land uses, including timber, cropland agriculture, rangeland agriculture, recreation, urban city centers, and fish and wildlife habitat. The river intricately connects all of these diverse users together, creating a common goal for a healthy ecosystem and community.