City seeks volunteers for April 14 tree and shrub planting

Directions to White River Streambank Stabilization Site: From Highway 265 (Crossover Rd.) head east on Wyman Road. Travel 3.8 miles (crossing over the White River) to 3-way intersection. Turn left at 3-way intersection.

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Volunteers are needed for a tree and shrub planting at the White River Streambank Stabilization Project on Saturday, April 14.

Before / After

Volunteers should meet at the Wyman Road site (see map above) at 8:30 a.m.

Participants will spend approximately three hours planting native trees and shrubs. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

From the release:

In partnership with the City of Fayetteville, the Watershed Conservation Resource Center (WCRC) received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 319 grant through the Arkansas Natural Resource Commission to stabilize a 16-foot high cut bank that was more than 500 feet long on the White River.

The streambank was eroding an average of five to 10 feet per year. The eroding streambank was contributing significant loads of sediment and phosphorus to the White River, which can impact the water quality of Beaver Lake. In addition, over the years the City of Fayetteville has been losing acres of riparian and pasture to the streambank erosion.

A natural channel design approach was used to develop a restoration design, and the project was constructed during February and March of this year. Site finishing work, which includes planting the newly constructed streambank, will be completed by May of this year.