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Missouri Flat Creek Service Learning Project

The Missouri Flat Creek is located in Pullman Washington. It had regularly flooded Grand Avenue so the City of Pullman Stormwater Services acquired FEMA funds to help mitigate flooding by expanding the capacity of the creek. Widening the left bank made room for more water and an opportunity to re-establish native Palouse Prairie vegetation.

In 2011, our SOE 110 class “The Environment, Human Life, and Sustainability” partnered with the City of Pullman on the Missouri Flat Creek restoration project.  Since then over 5000 School of the Environment SOE 110  students, 4 summer interns, 3 landscape architecture courses, 2 creative writing courses, and 1 visual arts course have participated in this project.

The Missouri Flat Creek Restoration has also partnered with Pioneer Explorers, Pullman Civic Trusts, and the Phoenix Conservancy.  Restoration activities have included planting native plants and grasses, removing invasive species, monitoring water quality and wildlife and checking for stream bank migration.

We hope you will take a walk down the creek beginning at Stadium Way or Grand Avenue. Interpretive signage will be placed in summer 2021 to help you identify native plants and learn more about the restoration project and the history of the creek.

This page will soon host more information about the restoration!