To sustain our region, we must protect and enhance our natural resources and the watersheds that surround them.
What is a watershed?
A watershed is all of the land that drains to a particular stream, river, or lake.
When watersheds are healthy and functioning well, they recycle nutrients, absorb and filter rain water, recharge rivers and streams, provide clean air, water, food and habitat for animals and people and much more. All of us rely on and benefit from the goods and services these ecosystems provide.
Healthy habitats and watersheds are a win for all!
We do our part to improve quality of life for all by creating and restoring healthy habitats and engaging people to take care of our region’s watersheds in three ways:
PLAN & BUILD
Benefits and outcomes of our conservation efforts:
Improved Water Quality
Clean water is important to both wildlife and people. It’s the lifeblood for every ecosystem and is essential for healthy watersheds. Great Rivers Greenway supports several regional watershed planning efforts with local partners to develop comprehensive approaches to improve water quality for everyone.
Improved quality of life for wildlife and people
Healthy native habitats and watersheds contribute to biodiversity and a variety of ecosystem services that benefit people. Our quality of life improves when we have clean air and water, an abundance of uncontaminated food sources, raw materials for clothes and shelter, and accessible greenspace.
Native habitats include plants and animals that have been interacting together in the same place for a long time without human intervention. The plants in these habitats provide essential food and shelter for native animals to survive. Plus, they are low-maintenance because they are meant to thrive there. These plants also support butterflies and bees, which pollinate our food crops.
Long-term stewardship of the greenways
The more people that know about the importance of habitats and watersheds, the more people that will care for them long-term. By getting volunteers involved, we are creating life-long conservation champions throughout the region that will help sustain the native ecology around the greenways.
Get out and Give Back!
Great Rivers Greenway partners with local organizations to offer volunteer opportunities throughout the region to restore and beautify the greenways.
For already-scheduled events you can plug into, browse our calendar for an upcoming service project near you. Feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions or want to collaborate on a volunteer event to take care of the greenways.
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