…Without constant attention, any urban stream would continue to suffer.
Since our inception (2007), RCWA has been dedicated and focused on protecting and restoring Richland Creek, improving the quality of its habitat and waters.
Our successes result from the activities we have conducted over a period of several years, with support from the community and partners.
Some of our big achievements so far:
- Removed 51 tons of trash and debris from Richland Creek and its tributaries
- Planted 1730 native trees and plants on 7,500 linear-feet of stream bank, covering 142,000 square-feet of riparian area, with the help of 400 volunteers
- Completed three scientific studies for the Richland Creek ecosystem, and working on another
- Engaged over 2000 volunteers in activities
- Advocated successfully for reclamation of 54,000 sq. ft. of Richland Creek riparian buffer
- Intervened on several project-designs, resulting in stream preservation and/or enhancement
- Advocated effectively for three stream branches recognized for better protection
- Launched a campaign regarding a forty-year-old, excessive water withdrawal practice resulting in the activity operating in a manner more protective of Richland Creek, and for the associated dam removed as mitigation
- Identified dozens of springs for protection, collecting water quality data for baseline comparison
- Brought attention to a pristine spring-fed waterfall, donating and helping with its permanent protection.
- Produced numerous reports, publications, workshops and educational presentations for water and stream conservation, resulting-in thousands more people becoming attentive about the health and sustainably of historic Richland Creek…