Spring has sprung at the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration project!

It’s spring at the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration project! Redbud and dogwood trees along the stream are in full bloom.

This winter, scientists installed additional monitoring equipment next to the streams. This equipment will help them study wetlands that are developing next to the stream. Wetlands provide additional areas for animals like frogs and salamanders to live. Wetlands also help filter and clean water before it reaches the streams. The scientists will study the wetlands over the next several growing seasons.

Post-construction monitoring shows restoration project is on the way to success!

The first growing season of post-construction monitoring of the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration project is complete. Scientists found exciting results! The streams are stable and newly planted trees in the floodplain are growing. The streams created a place for fish and bugs to live in the water. Scientists observed many frogs and salamanders living in the newly restored habitat. Frogs, salamanders and other amphibians do not live in the streams because they do not need water at all times during the year. Instead, they live in pools beside the streams that are dry during the summer and wet during the winter and spring. This winter there are lots of pools beside the stream channels at Reedy Creek for wildlife to make their home!

Crews are Actively Monitoring the Success of the Stream Work Performed

This month, monitoring crews have been on-site at the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration Project. Now that construction of the project has been completed for approximately eight months, these crews are tracking the stability of the streams and how trees and vegetation are responding to the stream restoration efforts.