The project uses a series stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) to treat urban runoff and reduce pollution loading to the receiving waters of the Gordon River.
This project has successfully created areas that not only reduce stormwater pollutants but have increased the ecological value to the area. The fish community gradually shifted post-construction from a system dominated by non-native introduced fishes to one with a greater abundance of native fishes.
In addition, data indicated that the construction of the wetland marsh created suitable habitat for many species by creating nursery and refuge areas for juvenile gamefish species such as common snook (Centropomis undecimalis).
Additionally, a shift occurred in wading bird species composition favoring species requiring wetland habitat for foraging. Thus, the utilization of the project area by wading birds post-construction has indicated that the wetland creation was a success.
The filter marsh provides an excellent opportunity to educate the public on the value of stormwater management and is a valuable learning adventure for school groups.
Annual maintenance of this area is necessary.
Granting agencies that contributed to this project included:
1495 Smith Preserve Way Naples, Florida 34102
Monday - Sunday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm (ET)
239-262-0304 phone 239-262-0672 fax
©2017 Conservancy of Southwest Florida. All Rights Reserved