The Poquito creek restoration project is well underway. This update serves as an interim progress report. The following are details of work completed as of January 4, 2013.
We presented the design to COA and APF staff and have received comments and required design specifications from them. We are incorporating those comments in the final design. We will submit the final design package to the project group by early February.
On November 28th three people harvested and transported 40 0.5’-‐2’ black willow poles and 12 , 2”cottonwood poles from the floodplain of the Colorado River in Roy Guerrero Park. All cuttings were soaked in water for 7 days before they were planted. Three pole loppers, hand pruners and a chain saw were used for the harvesting operations. We are currently looking for other sites to harvest wetland and grass plugs for the site. These additional cuttings will be planted in the spring.
On December 7th, a five-‐person crew (4 volunteers and one landscape architect) worked to begin site clearing and planting willow/cottonwood pole. The following is a list of work completed that day.
Plants Cleared from the Site
Native Plants Planted
A majority of all the non-‐native trees and shrubs on site were removed. All cleared material was placed in a pile to dry and will later be mulched and be used on planting areas.
All of the willow cluster plantings (with exception of a few on the upper terrace) were planted into saturated or moist soils. These plantings are being watered once a week.
The project irrigation contractor also investigated the Channel Austin irrigation system (adjacent the site). He discovered a leak in the irrigation main and fixed it.