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About our river restoration services
About our job creation services
About our river restoration services
About our river restoration services
Working for Rivers - home page
Working for Rivers

a message from Woking for rivers:

We would like to share all of the information that we have gathered over the last few years and make it available to organizations interested in using our resources and/or implementing projects. Visit our Capacity Building page to find: funding resources, examples of successful grants, a riparian restoration work curriculum, and a tamarisk and Russian olive biomass utilization plan to name a few! We've also conducted ground-breaking experiments using green and beetle-killed tamarisk for conversion to producer gas and to make pellets for pellet-burning stoves. Please see the Waste-to-Product section for more information. We have tons of reference materials, photo tutorials of Lower Basin riparian restoration work and the tamarisk testing, and helpful websites. Please check it out and let us know if we can help you put the information to use!

Tillie Walton, Founder

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CREATING JOBS, RESTORING RIVERSIDE VEGETATION, CONNECTING PEOPLE AND RESOURCES

The Working for Rivers Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cost-effective riparian restoration which generates social, economic, and environmental benefits. Our work is based on an employment and restoration model which involves hiring locally, providing job skills training, implementing hand removal of non-native invasive vegetation along rivers, and replanting native vegetation to help restore riparian and wetland ecosystems. 

Our model is inspired by South Africa’s “Working for Water” program. http://www.dwaf.gov.za/wfw/ This program employs over 30,000 workers a year to manually clear the invasive plants and trees that have invaded the country’s rivers. Working for Rivers combines some aspects of this model with riverside vegetation restoration techniques that have been successfully implemented across the southwestern United States.

Our work extends to building capacity in partner organizations interested in implementing this employment and restoration model. Working for Rivers teams with federal, state, municipal, and tribal agencies as well as nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and private land owners to incorporate these concepts into existing programs. Capacity building—connecting people with sources of funding, information, and other resources—is an important part of the Working for Rivers mission.

Through our Biomass Utilization Initiative, Working for Rivers has compiled information on ways to recycle plant biomass generated during the restoration process into energy and value-added products. We’re interested in practical options for utilizing tamarisk (Tamarix spp.) and Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia) biomass that may help to offset the cost of control and restoration work.

Working for Rivers was formed in 2009. Our team includes Tillie Walton (Founder), Jamie Nielsen (Restoration and Outreach Coordinator), and Board Members Fred Phillips and Kate Watters, with over 25 years combined experience in riparian and ecological restoration and consulting, and invasive plant education, prevention, and management.

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