It’s been three years since construction wrapped up at the Reedy Creek site. The floodplain vegetation continues to thrive, and the trees planted after construction have now grown above the tall grasses! This natural progression in forest growth is exciting to see. These riparian areas will continue to provide habitat and support animals as they grow and change.
During this year’s monitoring period, scientists discovered a patch of moccasin flower, or pink lady’s slipper (Cypripedium acaule), growing in the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. The pink lady’s slipper is a member of the orchid family and requires a special symbiotic relationship with a fungus in the soil to germinate and grow, making it difficult to reach maturity and often taking years to grow from seed to a mature plant. Pink lady’s slippers grow in a variety of habitats found in eastern United States forests. Most are found growing in mixed hardwood coniferous forests, in semi-open areas with well-drained soil. We are thrilled to see unique plants such as this thriving within the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve!
Scientists are currently performing the third year of post-construction monitoring at the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration Project. Based on their findings and observations, trees, plants, and shrubs along the stream are growing right on track. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to hike the Sierra Loop trail to check out the stream corridors that have come to life! The above photos feature views of Reedy Creek and Sassafras Creek from the trail bridges.
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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.
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!
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.
What a great day to celebrate our Reedy Creek Stream Restoration Project! This project has transformed Reedy Creek into a healthy stream system. It restored, enhanced and preserved over 40,000 feet of stream. We’ve improved water quality, fish and aquatic habitat, and restored an environmental gem for our residents to enjoy today and for generations to come. Thank you to our partners!
Construction on the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration project is now 100% complete. Planting crews have installed native plants throughout the project. Wildlife has already been spotted enjoying the newly restored habitat. The trails are now open for the public to enjoy as well, including two new bridges in the park. The City will continue to monitor the success of the project over the next five years. Continue to check back for annual updates and photos.
Reedy Creek construction is now 98% complete. Crews are planting native trees to shade the stream and provide habitat for animals. Surveyors are collecting data to map the newly constructed streams. Below is a before and after photo of Reedy Creek, which is the main creek of the project. Stay tuned for more progress updates!