13 March, 2008

Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Wakodahatchee Wetlands, named after a Seminole word meaning ?created waters? is 56 acres of former percolation ponds which is now thriving wetlands habitat. The Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department purifies highly treated water from the Southern Region Water Reclamation Facility here, recycling about one million gallons of water daily. It also recharges the areas groundwater resources. A three quarter mile boardwalk allows visitors to see over 140 species of birds and other wildlife. This could be a model for improvement of the water quality and habitat around Jamaica Bay where there are four sewage treatment plants. Wetland plants like fireflag, arrowhead, pickerelweed, arrow arum and spatterdock remove nitrogen and phosphorus from the water at Wakodahachee.

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