Stream Restoration Volunteer Days in Tonasket

Stream Restoration Volunteer Days in Tonasket

Conservation Northwest / Aug 11, 2021 / Forest Field Program, Habitat Restoration, Volunteering

Join efforts to reduce soil erosion and stabilize stream flow in Cox Meadow

Come join Conservation Northwest staff for the day in Tonasket to help restore the Cox Meadow habitat. The stream within this meadow is experiencing downcutting, causing it to turn into a channel-like structure. This has been caused by increased stream erosion that, if left untreated, could lead to the loss of this rare wet meadow habitat.

The dates for these volunteer work parties are:

Friday, August 20
Saturday, August 21
8:30AM – 4:30PM
Zuni bowls slow stream velocity and reduce soil erosion. Diagram produced by Dryland Solutions, INC.

To remedy the situation, our job will be moving and placing rocks to build Zuni bowls and rock weirs. These techniques stabilize the stream and slow erosion to raise the water table so that over time, the stream, and by proxy the meadow, will be restored to their original state. This work is part our Forest Field Program which aims to keep forests and watersheds healthy and thriving.

If you would like to volunteer please contact Mike Liu at 509-341-4836.

This is an important project and we need extra hands to help with this special restoration! This would also be a great opportunity to learn about stream restoration techniques so that you could implement them on your own property, if applicable.

Rock weirs also help to slow water flow and reduce soil erosion. Diagram made by Carleton College Geology Department.

While some physical activity is required, individuals of all ages and ability levels are welcome and encouraged to volunteer.

You will need to dress appropriately (long pants and sturdy footwear) and bring water, food, medications or any other necessary items. We’ll have a volunteer waiver form for you to sign.

We are excited to work with you!

Michael Liu
Okanogan Forest Lead

Mike Liu, Conservation Northwest Staff, based in Twisp, WA.





Read more about Conservation Northwest’s Forest Field Program and its complement work in the Central cascades.

Cox Meadow, located near Tonasket, WA, is needing restoration work due to unabated stream erosion. Photo: Conservation Northwest.