On Friday, May 13, volunteers and city staff helped plant nearly 3,900 plants around the wetland area.
Crews with the City’s Stormwater Maintenance Division have been hard at work recently, finishing up with restoration efforts of the wetland at Mary Bridgers Park off Chestnut Street.
Earlier this year, crews removed invasive plants and dead trees as well as excavated excess sediment from the wetland.
On Friday, May 13, volunteers and city staff helped plant nearly 3,900 plants (one tree, 18 shrubs, and perennials making up the rest) around the wetland area. The plants will help filter rainwater before it enters the adjacent Burnt Mill Creek.
The wetland was created in 2007 through a partnership with N.C. State University and the adjacent neighborhood. The wetland helps reduce stormwater pollution as well as create a diverse ecosystem for many plants and animals that inhabit the area surrounding the park.
Over the years, the wetland fell in disrepair due to resource constraints. Staff are working to restore the wetland to its original design and intended function.
The effort of restoring the wetland is part of a larger project to improve the health of Burnt Mill Creek.