New Constructed Wetland at Wildwood Conservation Area (media release, July 13, 2017)
July 13, 2017, St. Marys, ON – The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) is installing a new constructed wetland at Wildwood Conservation Area. The wetland will provide tertiary treatment for low levels of phosphorus coming off of well-managed farmland next to the conservation area. After the wetland is constructed, aquatic vegetation will be planted.
“Low levels of phosphorus coming from lands throughout the watershed have a cumulative effect on water quality in the Thames watershed. This wetland is an example of a low cost, practical way to improve water quality in Trout Creek and Wildwood Reservoir,” said Tatianna Lozier, Agricultural Soil & Water Quality Technician at the UTRCA. “By creating a wetland, we are simply filtering and slowing water down in a natural way.”
Funding is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, and Ontario Power Generation.