The Ecology Action Center is working with the City of Bloomington and the Town of Normal to improve the stream buffer along designated areas of Sugar Creek. We are clearing out invasive plant species, managing non-invasive plants, and planting native Illinois species.
Removing invasive species and introducing more native plants helps improve the steam bank. Native plants have longer root systems which reduce erosion and increase rain water absorption. Healthy stream banks also help prevent litter from blowing or washing into the creek. This work helps create a more aesthetically pleasing stream buffer, and also helps decrease runoff pollution.
The EAC hosts Sugar Creek Stewards workdays on the third Saturday of every month (weather permitting), and we are always searching for good volunteers to help us!
Volunteers must be 18 years old or older (or 14 and accompanied by a parent or guardian) and be able to hike along uneven terrain and safely use basic hand tools such as loppers and bow saws. Please dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own work gloves and (reusable) bottle of water.