The Constructed Wetland/Pond
The pond was originally created in the 1950’s to take the runoff from the nearby fields. Over the years, sediment collected. In 1997 the pond sediments had collected to the extent that dredging the pond was deemed necessary to restore the health and function of this ecosystem. At that time, it was determined that a series of small ponds should be added to the landscape to intercept water running into the big pond. By passing the runoff stream through four smaller ponds, the speed of the water flow slows and suspended sediments can settle to the bottom of the small ponds. The small ponds are much easier and less expensive to dredge and maintain than is the large pond. Grasses and other wetland plants add beauty to this area. Large plantings of short and tall prairie plants were added to the area in summer 2000.
For more information about this garden, check out this video produced by Katie McMaster: