Help Fund the Mni Water Restoration Camp

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Help Fund the Mni Water Restoration Camp
Help Fund the Mni Water Restoration Camp
Help Fund the Mni Water Restoration Camp
Help Fund the Mni Water Restoration Camp
Help Fund the Mni Water Restoration Camp
Help Fund the Mni Water Restoration Camp
Help Fund the Mni Water Restoration Camp
Help Fund the Mni Water Restoration Camp
Help Fund the Mni Water Restoration Camp
Help Fund the Mni Water Restoration Camp
Help Fund the Mni Water Restoration Camp
Help Fund the Mni Water Restoration Camp
Help Fund the Mni Water Restoration Camp
Help Fund the Mni Water Restoration Camp

Summary

Mni will be gathering people from on and off the Cheyenne River Reservation for a training camp located at Tatanka Wakpala, a ten acre private allotment. Participants will receive in-depth training and hands-on experience in holistic land management and water restoration. Mni hopes all participants will leave with the understanding of how to implement measures to restore the water table levels, control erosion, and restore ecology through the creation of water retention structures.

$277
total raised
6
donors
0
monthly donors
1
fundraiser
4
years

Challenge

Cheyenne River's clean water sources have been damaged by poor water management practices. Most significantly, the damming of the Missouri River at the Oahe Dam destroyed a large section of the Missouri River's watershed. . In addition, the Cheyenne River Reservation's water shortage has prevented any construction of additional housing, resulting in a housing shortage and cramped living conditions for residents.

Solution

By building water retention structures, such as dams, swales, and trenches, water will enter the ground and replenish the aquifer, healing some of the damage caused by the overuse of the groundwater. These structures will also promote plant growth, allowing the soil and the native ecology to heal over time. By training people on how to perform these tasks, we will be enabling others to become practitioners in small scale ecological restoration throughout and beyond the Reservation.

Long-Term Impact

Participants will be able to teach what they learn at the Mni camp to others, allowing for a wider implementation of water restoration practices. The dams and swales built will retain water, helping restore native ecology and the aquifer over time. Plants sown will help reduce erosion, and improve the soil quality. This improved soil quality and water retention will facilitate the rehabilitation of the local ecology, allowing old-growth trees to grow on the hillsides along with native bushes.

Resources

http:/​/​www.villageearth.org
Mni's Page on the Village Earth website.
Mni's Page on Facebook

Organization Information

Village Earth

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado - USA
Website:
Project Leader:
David Bartecchi
Fort Collins, COLORADO United States

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