Planting trees at Kiefer Creek

By Krista Van Tassel
September 3rd, 2013

Back in 2010, a man from St. Louis called the Missouri Coalition for the Environment to report that his dog got sick from the water at Kiefer Creek. They investigated, found dangerously high levels of bacterial contamination and took action. Yet, what began as a stand-alone watershed restoration project became an ongoing, comprehensive plan to clean, protect and preserve the creek.

It’s a big undertaking that includes reforestation and reducing pollution, and Wells Fargo’s Green Team wanted to help in any way they could. To better understand the situation, you have to realize that Kiefer Creek is part of the Meramec River basin, which is one of the most gorgeous areas in the state.  It’s an area called home by birds, waterfowl, beaver, turtles and fish.

Since trees play a key role in healthy ecosystems, the Green Team was asked to plant a lot of them at Castlewood State Park. In addition to providing a $50,000 Wells Fargo Environmental Solutions for Communities grant, they did shredding, mulching and everything else involved with getting trees securely in the ground. They even had help from other volunteers, including those from Missouri Master Naturalists and St. Louis Audubon.

Ultimately, these efforts will improve water quality, reduce flood heights, replenish groundwater, improve species biodiversity, and prevent erosion.

Oh, and we are happy to report that the dog has recovered and is doing just fine.

Check out the Green Team doing their thing here:

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Krista Van Tassel

Krista Van Tassel

As Community and Team Member Engagement manager for Wells Fargo’s Environmental Affairs Team, Krista supports the company’s 70+ Green Teams, recognizing and promoting environmental innovator best practices, and engaging and educating team members about their role in helping the company’s sustainability efforts. She also manages Wells Fargo’s Environmental Solutions for Communities’ $3 million annual nonprofit grant program focused on helping make long-term sustainable economic investments in local communities where its customers and 264,000 team members work and live. Prior to joining Wells Fargo in 2009, Krista worked in a variety of sustainability and marketing positions in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Krista earned her MBA in International Business at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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