Thanks to three different community groups, one of Cedar Springs’ most valuable resources is being protected from erosion. The groups got together on Thursday, July 24, and planted a rain garden along Cedar Creek at Fifth and Cherry Streets.
“Cedar Creek is a great habitat for trout and a beautiful feature of Cedar Springs,” said resident Carolee Cole, of the Community Building Development Team. “The Downtown Development Authority and the Community Building Development Team have been working with Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative to protect and improve the Creek so it can become a more visible and enjoyable attribute of our town as well as a defining characteristic of our community.”
Cole said that the stream buffer was planted to protect the creek bank from eroding into the Creek. Both the stream buffer and the rain garden were planted to shade the Creek and to filter storm water as it runs off the roads and parking lots as well as to cool the water before it enters the Creek. Plants selected have long roots, are natural to the area, and grow tall enough to provide some shade.
Members of the Trout Unlimited’s Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative had already prepared the ground at the corner of Fifth and Cherry Streets on the lawn of Cedar Springs Tool Engineering and laid out the design for a stream buffer and a rain garden. Cedar Springs Tool Engineering purchased the plants and mulch for the project.
There were volunteers from Kent County Water Conservation, Plaster Creek Stewards, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative, and of course, Trout Unlimited to work and to teach the volunteers from Cedar Springs what and where to plant. Tom Mabie, Kathy Bremmer, Perry Hopkins, Carolee Cole, Mark Laws, Rose Powell, Michelle Andres, and a sweet young citizen from the neighborhood named Grace were the volunteers from Cedar Springs. Bob Truesdale brought pop on ice to keep everyone going.
Cole noted that Rogue River Home Rivers Initiative is planning more rain gardens and stream buffers, so there will be other opportunities to volunteer. “If you want to get in on the next planting opportunity or learn more about how we’re working together to develop Cedar Springs into an even more amazing community, ‘like’ the Cedar Springs Community Building Development Team on Facebook and watch for our new web page, CSCommunityCenter.org, to be out in the next few weeks!” she said.