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Russell Creek


This area flooded to the top of the bridge in 1996.

Little Walla Walla


This creek was completely invisible due to invasive reed canary grass. The reed canary grass was dug out by hand and the bank grass was cut to soil and covered with weed barrier cloth. Native plants were then planted.

Yellowhawk at Wa-Hi


 In Fall 2013, Yellowhawk Creek was invisible due to invasive Himalayan blackberries. We cut and dug out this invasive by hand, installed weed barrier cloth, and planted native plants.  

Fall 2013

Fall 2014

Garrison Creek


Invasive reed canary grass was choking this creek, which reduces flow and increases temperatures. We removed the invasive plant and installed weed barrier cloth.

Fall 2015

Spring 2015

Yellowhawk Creek & Whitney Spring Creek Project


All of the current riparian buffer restoration that is underway would not be possible without the work of inmates from the Washington State Penitentiary. These men work with Kooskooskie Commons Project Director, Judith Johnson to remove invasive plant species along the banks of the streams and replanting native species. Water Quality Data can then be measured and monitored by interns, such as Alyssa Taylor (pictured left).

Areas along Yellowhawk Creek and Whitney Spring Creek are current sites of restoration.

Interested in learning more about stream restoration and our recent projects? Check out this powerpoint resource -->