BENEFITING: OCEAN BLUE PROJECT INC
EVENT DATE: Jan 05, 2016
Ocean Blue Project, Inc. (OBP) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect and conserve the environment through education and reducing pollution in waterways. OBP utilizes an organic approach including mycofiltration, which uses fungi in urban streams, environmental outreach, and community engagement.
Ocean Blue Project’s goals are to empower communities and beyond by providing planning and technical assistance to landowners, communities, and local governments. Our main focus and goal is to improve urban water quality by using a holistic ecosystem based approach that synergistically reduces pollutants entering the river, prevents erosion, and provides wildlife habitat. Through the process of restoration, we are providing environmental education, connecting people in the community to their natural environment, and improving biodiversity.
Our vision is to lower the prevalence of nutrients and pathogens, like nitrogen, phosphorus, and E.Coli from animal waste, on the Oregon Coast. Our goal of restoration is to create a self supporting ecosystem that is resilient to perturbation without further assistance.
The restoration project will be set on Periwinkle Creek, an urban stream in Albany, Oregon. Periwinkle Creek is part of the Calapooia Watershed of Linn County, and is a tributary to the Willamette River. The proposed stream section is 1 acre, 43,000 square feet, with 700 feet of stream that is lacking canopy, and is dominated by Reed Canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea L. ) which has been impeding the proliferation of native trees and shrubs. The lack of native trees and plants close to the stream is causing a variety of problems, such as stream erosion and sedimentation, lack of habitat for wildlife, and excessive flooding. Another major problem for this area is the presence of invasive species, such as the Nutria Rat (Myocastor coypus), and a hybrid duck (Anas platyrhynchos) (Photo 2), that are causing ecological disequilibrium and preventing native species from thriving. The stream is lacking canopy, which is necessary for water temperature quality to allow fish habitat to thrive.
The proposed solutions to these problems are removal of the invasive plants and species, planting of native trees, and shrubs, and increasing awareness in the community. The Crowdrise funding will be used for enhancement of native plant populations, urban stream habitat recovery, outreach materials for the community (door hangers and educational workshops). Lastly, we will use the remaining funding to pay for labor, contracted labor, intern partnerships with Oregon State University, and to purchase plants and tools for planting.