Park staff work hard to manage the wetlands in order to maintain optimal conditions for the treatment of reclaimed water. This requires proactively promoting a healthy balance between the flora, fauna, and biogeochemical processes in the wetlands. Land management work includes the removal of invasive and nuisance species by mechanical and chemical means, planting for increased biodiversity and nutrient removal efficiency, and occasional construction and renovation projects. The Park strives to maintain and increase biodiversity as this has proven to be an effective means for increasing the efficiency of reclaimed water treatment in the Park while minimizing the need for direct human intervention in order to maintain water quality. Park staff may be routinely observed driving vehicles and construction equipment throughout the Park, operating airboats, or going into the wetland waters. These are normal activities and are part of the Park’s proactive approach to maintaining the pristine conditions of the Park.
The reclaimed water that flows through the Park is nutrient rich and leads to an abundance of growth in the wetlands. Overtime, the overgrowth leads to an abundance of decaying plant matter that turns into thick, muddy muck that slows down the ability of the wetlands to treat the reclaimed water. Learn more by visiting the Wetlands Renovation page.