SUB Drinking Water Protection Project
SUB Well Fields, Springfield, OR
2017 – Present
In fall 2017 we began working with the Springfield Utility Board (SUB) to restore riparian habitat along Gorrie Creek in Springfield. Gorrie Creek is important to our community because it recharges SUB’s wellfield, which provides drinking water to the residents of Springfield.
The goal of this project is to remove invasive plants like Himalayan blackberry and reed canary grass and plant native species. These native plants will eventually provide more shade than invasive plants, reducing water temperatures and improving water quality. Native plants also have deeper and more complex root systems which create more pathways for water to percolate through the soil and recharge the groundwater
Our restoration contractors from R. Franco Restoration began by removing invasive vegetation, then in winter 2018 replanted the area with 3000 native riparian plants. Because of the proximity to drinking water this is a pesticide free project, requiring repeated hand-pulling of the weeds. Over the next several years we will work with SUB to continue planting native species and maintaining the ones already planted until they reach a “free-to-grow” state. Thanks, SUB, for caring about the water we drink!