Restoring health and beauty to the Plaster Creek watershed involves restoring the relationship between its residents and the creek, as well as restoring the creek’s health with multiple forms of green infrastructure.
We combine education with action to empower watershed residents to make positive impacts in and for their watershed. Examples include installing rain gardens, labeling storm drains with 'dump no waste' icons, restoring native vegetation along the creek, and planting trees and wetland plants in tributaries to the creek. Practices that use plants to stabilize soil and filter runoff are essential to improving water quality. Calvin University has a native plant nursery and rainscaping initiative that serves as an implementation arm for Plaster Creek Stewards. We provide plants, consulting, site design, installation and maintenance for restoration and green infrastructure projects in the Plaster Creek Watershed.
What is green infrastructure?
Green infrastructure (GI) uses plants, soils, and other elements to restore some of the natural processes required to manage stormwater and create healthier urban environments. Examples of GI for watershed restoration include rain gardens and bioswales (basin shaped and strategically placed to capture stormwater runoff) filled with Michigan's native plants. These deep-rooted plants filter pollutants and slow stormwater, allowing it to soak into the soil rather than drain directly into the creek through storm drains. Planting Michigan native trees and replacing lawn area with native plantings is another way to increase infiltration of stormwater and support increased biodiversity.
We are members of Native Plant Guild, an alliance of local businesses and organizations that offers West Michigan a variety of ecological landscaping services. Visit their website for more information.