Zumwalt Park eroding bankIn November 2016, FOZP met with Ed Alverson and Lane County Parks Dept. to discuss the bank restoration project with Jason Giles from Rexius. After touring the sight, Rexius calculated the cost to back-fill and restore the 120 ft stretch where the bank is undercut. The project is currently awaiting permitting, and will be implemented in conjunction with the willow-weaving work (below) once approval is granted and funds have been obtained.

FOZP is working with the parks department to plant willow branches as a non-invasive method of erosion control.  On Earth Day (April 22nd 2017), volunteers helped to weave a willow fence in a test area on the north shoreline. This subsidiary project is being led by local arborist Matt Horowitz. Once permits have been granted, we hope to extend the willow planting to the eastern edge of the park where the erosion is occurring. Willows root easily and trap sediment stabilizing the bank. When woven into a wall, they act as a shock absorber against the wave action. Invertebrates thrive in this micro-environment, and in turn, provide food for fish.

As a park user, please be aware that the bank is very fragile now; avoid walking  near the edge as it may collapse at any time.