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Community members plant the wetland area on June 25. Photo: Jerry Hamby

We passed a major milestone and it was composed of water, mud, plants and volunteers. After years of community meetings, planning, hydrology studies, waiting on permits, excavating, and raising plants, the first portion of the first lake at Exploration Green is ready for a stormwater wetland.

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Saturday, June 18 and Saturday, June 25 from 9 am to noon, adults and kids ages 12 and up are invited to help plant a stormwater wetland for the new lake at Exploration Green. The Texas Coastal Watershed Program will coordinate the installation of native wetlands plants cultivated in the on-site nursery at Exploration Green. Enter the park at the bridge at 1800 Reseda. Tools will be provided and volunteers should be prepared to get wet and dirty!

Located on 200 acres of natural beauty, Exploration Green will feature a series of five connected finger lakes, 12 miles of hike-and-bike trails, safe play areas, multi-use athletic fields and inspiring gathering spaces. Complementing these amenities will be water-cleansing stormwater wetland areas; habitat islands for indigenous wildlife, including resident and migrating birds, amphibians and butterflies; and a reforested, more natural environment for native grasses, flowers and trees.

For more information about volunteering for this event, contact mcedwards@tamu.edu

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Texas Master Naturalists enjoy the iris in bloom

After a summer break, volunteer days for the stormwater wetland program are beginning again this Thursday, October 1. Our home base is the wetland nursery you see here at Exploration Green in Clear Lake City, but we make also forays to collect wetland plants and seeds, to plant our stormwater wetland projects around Galveston Bay, and to enjoy and learn about natural and created wetlands.

We meet each Thursday morning, 9am to 12pm. Many of our volunteers are Texas Master Naturalists, but we are also joined by friends and neighbors, TCWP interns, and others. If you’d like to join us or find out more, contact Mary Carol at mcedwards@tamu.edu.

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Families enjoy planting the floating wetlands. Photo by Marissa Sipocz

The Pearland Wetland Awareness event was a success!  We planted 1200 plants on the 20 floating wetlands, and made about 400 plant balls to set in the deeper water around the islands. We also made thousands of seedballs for future use on the slopes of the site. There were 17 species of native coastal prairie wildflowers and grasses in the seedball mix. Over ninety people joined us on Saturday.

Those were the numbers. Now if you take a look at the photos from the Pearland Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook page, you will see how enjoyable it was to take part! See Planting the wetlands on Saturday and launching the floating wetlands on the following Tuesday.

These wetlands set the stage for improved wildlife habitat on the site of the future Pearland Nature Center, and demonstrate water quality improvement techniques for stormwater runoff. Stay tuned for Phase 2 of the wetland planting!

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Volunteers make “plant balls” to weigh down and protect wetland plants that tolerate deeperconditions. Photos by Marissa Sipocz

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These seedballs containing a mix of locally collected prairie species will be scattered on the banks of the pond at a future date. Photo by Marissa Sipocz

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Volunteers can kick off a first phase of wetlands at the future site of the Pearland Nature Center, March 7 and 8. We are planting and launching a string of floating wetlands for water quality and habitat, plus preparing and placing “bulrush balls” (and other species) in the 12″ to 24″ depths around the pond’s islands. For more information and to register, go to http://www.pearlandtx.gov/wetland
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