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Posted on: March 28, 2018

Streamside Tree Planting Project

Picture of Trees and a Stream

On Saturday, April 28th, a volunteer tree planting will take place at the North Fayette Municipal Building along the North Branch of Robinson Run. Residents of all ages are invited to take part in improving our local streams by planting trees and shrubs. Volunteers will learn how to properly plant and select trees so they can confidently plant at home. This project is a collaboration of the communities of the Chartiers Watershed Municipal Alliance-McDonald, North Fayette Township, Oakdale, and Collier Township to educate residents and improve water quality.

The CWMA was created for Chartiers Creek Watershed communities to work together on education and outreach activities to reduce flooding and stormwater runoff. A watershed does not respect municipal boundaries, and everyone must work together to solve common problems.

Why are we planting trees next to a stream? Trees, shrubs, and longer grasses that grow next to bodies of water are critical to improving and protecting water quality. Trees and shrubs strengthen banks to prevent them from wearing away, slow stormwater runoff, filter pollutants, clean the air, and provide food for aquatic critters. The area will no longer be mowed up to the stream; instead it will be allowed to grow into a protective barrier. This buffer will not only improve the immediate area, but also improve conditions downstream.

Please join us on Saturday, April 28th from 10am to noon at the North Fayette Municipal Building. All ages are welcome. Please wear closed toe shoes and bring a reusable water bottle. Please bring a shovel if possible.

400 North Branch Road

Oakdale 15071

For more information contact Johnna Zona, Environmental Compliance Coordinator at 724-693-3101 or click here for email.

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