Springfield Park Wetlands Update - November 2017

Restoring the shorelines of the wetlands to address non-native, invasive species and improve stormwater management is progressing according to plan.

  • The project includes the chemical and mechanical removal of invasive, non-native species such as cat tails, Phragmites, etc., followed by the establishment of native wetlands and upland species.
  • Wide-area chemical applications have occurred twice to remove the non-native invasive species. This will be followed by mowing down of all the dead invasive species.
  • In the spring of 2018, new plants and seed will be installed while at the same time any emerging non-native species will be removed via chemical/mechanical methods.
  • A controlled burn (pictured) was held November 8, followed by soil preparation. Seeding/planting and seed blanket to follow.
  • Due to the vulnerability of the new plants, controlled burns will not occur (possibly with the exception of the more established areas) until Fall of 2018 at the earliest.
  • Muskrat trapping may or may not be necessary, but will be monitored during the first growing season. This is included in the contract base bid but may not be necessary.
  • Watering, which is called for in the specs, will not be necessary due to the timing of plantings (this fall and next spring)
  • These processes will be repeated for two to three years until the wetlands are properly restored and the ongoing stewardship begins.
For updates on the other capital projects related to the successful 2016 Referendum, visit the Referendum 2016 Update page.

 

Posted November 20, 2017 at 9:01 AM