Successful start to Lakeshore Restoration

On May 17, a group of capable volunteers installed erosion control along the beach at Robinson Park. The measures included biodegradable erosion blankets and wattles to reduce the damage caused by waves.

Ron, Teigen, Matt Teigen, Dustin Demmer of Blazing Star Gardens, and Bob Hobart installed erosion control.

And on Friday, May 26, many volunteers came together to plant about 1,800 native species “plugs”. Three sixth-grade classes came to the park in the morning to help with the task. The students also cleaned previously-planted rain gardens in the park. In the afternoon a cadre of students from the high school joined the effort. Several adult volunteers also assisted with creating holes in the erosion mat, drilling holes and planting, and installing a net to keep geese out of the newly-planted area. The volunteers were all under the direction of Dustin Demmer of Blazing Star Gardens, who developed the plan and supplied the materials and tools.

Sixth-grade students help with the lakeshore restoration.
John Madsen and Tom Cooper hard at work
Receiving instruction in cleaning the existing rain gardens in Robinson Park

Plugs ready to be planted
Creating holes in the erosion mat
Planting!

West side of beach with netting

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