On Saturday (April 26) Ursuline students and faculty helped restore campus stream banks impacted by the tornado that hit the College last summer. The team planted a total of 15 trees, 100 shrubs and 700 live stakes provided by Chagrin River Watershed Partners.
The new vegetation will prevent erosion and nutrient pollution from traveling to area streams and rivers that connect to the campus. The project was funded by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District.
“We are doing this to stabilize the stream banks. After the tornado, there was a lot of vegetation that had to be removed. We are trying to get new vegatation in to prevent erosion and prevent sediment from going into the Chagrin River,” said Kristen Buccier from Chagrin River Watershed Partners.
The College’s campus continuously serves as a learning environment for students. “It’s important for students to be involved with projects like this to beautify their campus, to see what our campus has to offer and to also help the greater community by preventing nutrient pollution. It’s something that we can do,” said Biology professor Dr. Jenise Snyder.
The stream bank is near Smith Hall parking lot.