Parrish Family Vineyard celebrates Earth Day with completion of creek restoration
Family-run winery discovered a lost section of creek and worked with local agencies to restore it so the rain water replenishes area wells
–On April 22nd, Parrish Family Vineyard will celebrate Earth Day with the completion of the Adelaida Creek restoration project.
Last year, David Parrish, winemaker and proprietor, noticed a faint, curving linear pattern at the bottom of a slope and contacted local consulting biologist Brian Dugas who confirmed it was part of the Adelaida Creek. From there, Parrish began working with the County of San Luis Obispo, the Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District (US-LT RCD) and the county’s Department of Environmental Programs to clear the section and plant native water-soaking vegetation to restore the creek.
Now the area has been replanted with Blue Oak and Madrone trees, Santa Lucia Manzanita shrubs and snapdragons slowing and retaining the water while recharging the aquifer.
“We were ecstatic when it was confirmed that we had a part of the original creek running through our property and wanted to take every effort to restore it while preventing flooding in other areas,” says David Parrish, owner and winemaker of Parrish Family Vineyard. “This experience has taught us even more about the land and new ways we can take care of it for the betterment of the entire region. Seeing the creek flowing again, without flooding, has been so rewarding for all of us.”
Parrish Family Vineyard has since donated .64 acres of the creek and surrounding area to the County of San Luis Obispo. Funding for the new plants was provided by the Nacimiento Water Project partners, through the San Luis Obispo Flood Control and Water Conservation District, in partial fulfillment of the District’s obligations to mitigate for the Nacimiento Water Project’s impacts to wetlands during project construction. The work was provided by the California Conservation Corps and the American Watershed Stewardship volunteer program.
This Earth Day, the Parrish family hopes its commitment to better serving the land and the vineyard will inspire other wineries to take similar actions by partnering with local agencies for the improvement of the entire community.