The goal of the Creating Urban Riparian Buffers (CURB) program is to improve water quality and wildlife habitat of streams that flow through the urban centers of Walla Walla and College Place. The best way to achieve this is to plant native trees, shrubs and grasses, creating a buffer between the stream and development. These areas are called “riparian buffers.” They are highly effective at preventing water contaminated with pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals from entering our streams. When mature, the trees provide shade to keep water cool and their roots help stabilize the stream banks. The CURB program is a cooperative program drawing on the talents and expertise of Tri-State Steelheaders, Kooskooskie Commons, and the District with funding from the Department of Ecology.
Although the CURB funding has been cut, the District still offers technical expertise to help homeowners plant a riparian buffer along their backyard streams. Buffers of predominately native plants can be designed for minimal maintenance, low-water consumption, and to compliment the landscape of your backyard. Native plants are available from these Native Plant Sources. If you are interested in participating in the CURB program call the District at 522-6340 ext.3.