Earth Day 2021
Native plants, soil, and living beings, from tiny organisms to charismatic wildlife, are interconnected with the essential cycling of air, water, and nutrients. By taking a walk to your local riverbank, you can observe the natural life cycle of plants, fish, insects, and animals working together to create a balanced ecosystem.
At VivaTerra, we believe that thriving communities begin with a healthy bio-diverse landscape and are excited to partner with the Rivanna Conservation Alliance, a local organization whose mission is to work with the community to conserve the Rivanna River and its tributaries through monitoring, restoration, education, and advocacy.
Biodiversity and ecosystem functions are most threatened by habitat loss—human development and non-native species. One of the best ways to protect rivers’ health is to prevent land uses that contribute to harmful runoff. Keeping sediment and pollution from entering the river is one of the most effective ways to improve water quality
Everyday activities affect water quality, and everyone has a role in keeping our water supplies safe. By being cautious about the use of hazardous substances - pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, paints, fuels, and the disposal of all types of waste, every citizen can help keep water resources safe and clean.
What's something you can do in your backyard? Consider creating a rain garden! Rain gardens are specially constructed gardens designed to collect storm water runoff and filter pollutants before they reach local rivers. Rain gardens beautify your yard with native plants and can improve your property value.
They collect runoff from your roof, driveway, or other surfaces and reduce pollution such as fertilizer, automotive oils, and sediment. They can mitigate yard problems such as erosion and flooding and create habitats for pollinators like bees and butterflies.
By volunteering to clean up your local riverbanks, you have an opportunity to make a significant impact on the health of your community watershed. Consider volunteering during Earth Week (April 19-25). We hope that these river stone items will inspire those around you to learn the importance of maintaining healthy rivers in your communities.