The Polk County Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting free streambank workshops on Tuesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 26.
Dr. Greg Jennings of Jennings Environmental will present the basics of streambank repair in the cabin at Harmon Field. The same workshop will be offered rain or shine from 1 to 4 p.m. on March 24 and 26. There is no need to attend both days but it is important to reserve a spot in one of these sessions because space is limited and there is a great deal of interest in these workshops.
Property owners with streams, creeks or rivers running through their land should consider attending. Heavy rains have resulted in unstable banks, cloudy waters and land erosion for many property owners. Both sessions of the workshop will cover what to do to mitigate these impacts.
Each session will include an interactive demonstration about live stake installation to establish native deep-rooted shrubs along streambanks for erosion resistance. Participants should plan on wearing boots for this part of the session. Live stakes will be available for purchase for cash only in bundles of 15 for $10.
To reserve a spot at either session or if you have any questions, contact Polk Soil & Water District Administrator Kelly Gay at 828-894-8550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.