Butternut Creek in Aloha has seen more than its fair share of erosion but Aloha High School students are joining SOLV to create a healthier riparian area and stream.
Students joined us this week at Butternut Creek and did some bioengineering and planting at the site. Oregon grape, ninebark, alder and red osier dogwood are all native species that were planted upland by the students. These trees and shrubs will shade out invasive grasses and create a healthy habitat for the wildlife in the area in addition to taking up much of the pollution that would ordinarily just flow into the stream. Students also cut willow stakes, harvested from native willow trees, and installed them along the eroding banks of the stream. These will create an extensive network of roots to stabilize the banks, shade the stream to create cooler water, provide wildlife habitat and halt pollution from entering the waterway.