Temporary floating wetlands will be installed in a county-maintained stormwater pond located south of Creighton Road at the intersection of Burgess Road and Lanier Drive. This will be the second year of a two year pilot project. Installation of the floating wetland islands will accomplish the following three goals:
1) Project will improve water quality in Carpenter Creek and Bayou Texar by removing excess nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous). Excess nutrients in surface waters can cause harmful algal blooms. The reduction of excess nutrients from the Bayou Texar watershed is beneficial for both people and wildlife.
2) Project will grow native plants to be incorporated into local restoration projects. This project is expected to grow 100,000 individual plants over two growing seasons. Plants will be harvested and transplanted as part of restoration projects such as living shorelines and other coastal wetland restoration projects. Current species include smooth cordgrass, saltmeadow cordgrass, seashore paspalum, soft rush, pickerel weed, and duck potato.
3) Project will provide environmental education opportunities for school-aged children and college-level participants.
This project is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gulf of Mexico Program. Contact Escambia County Natural Resources Management at 850-595-3496 for questions or comments.