Living Shoreline Project

So if you’re from the Daytona Beach
area then everybody knows Nova Canal Nova Road and Reed and although Reed Canal
appears to be very small but this is like a kidney before all those storm urban
storm water goes out into the Halifax River so this is a very important
project we are trying to increase the purification of the water from the urban
area like Daytona Beach and South Daytona Beach coming from from Nova and Reed Canal before it just all jumps into the Halifax River removing the extra
nutrients in suspended matter before it enters a estuary system like Halifax
River will help reduce the occurrence of algae bloom that’s the big problem of
Indian River Lagoon and Bethune-Cookman University is the lead
organization and we worked with of course the city of South Daytona and
then we have the contractor who constructed this wetlands which is
called YBE and they are Danny and John so yeah Danny Young we’re Young bear
environmental consulting and we do a lot of the the physical part of what the
research grant calls for so Dr.. Cho got a research grant to test the
effectiveness of this created wetland so we assisted in the design and creating
these Weir’s that you see in a berm that separates two bodies of water so that
water will go in there and get trapped and then funnel its way out after after
going through the plant system so we assist in in drawing up what this is
going to be and then getting the permits and then doing the actual construction
so we have big large equipment in here taking out dirt every day doing final
grading and then we had a big group of volunteers come in and help us plant all
of the plants and we put in how many total plants twenty thousand yeah so
about twenty thousand plants went in with volunteer effort over a course of a
week and then we’ve been coming out doing a little bit to monitoring here
and there we we come in and survey when we’re done mate and see how close it
matches the design that we put on paper which it does so that’s that’s been our
role is the the physical kind of part of all of this and then when we’re done you
see the students over there they’re doing the monitoring component of what
the actual effects are so the constructed wetland is can
contains two Weir’s constructed primarily of Coquina and that allows for
the facilitation of inflow of water going into the treatment basin and
outflow or flushing of the water after 12 hours going back into the pond
through the outfall back in Surrey canal the treatment basin is installed and
comprised primarily of emergent vegetation or native wetland plants that
allow for the uptake of nutrients within polluted waters coming down through Reed Canal
now before going back through the outfall so a portion of water is
diverted from Reed canal into recurse pond it flows through the pond it flows
through that it flows through that wear are first into the treatment Basin sits
there for about 12 hours now the residence time for water within the
treatment basin there’s always water in there but after about 12 hours of
sitting after high tide it flushes out through the other weir through the
Alpha and back into purpose overall purpose of the project is to lessen the
nutrient and sediment pollution that’s flowing from reed canal to the Halifax river right the treatment wetlands is immature since it was just constructed so it’ll take a few more
months possibly a year to get the results or the data that we need to
actually assess it the difficult part with a system like
this is that it’s part of the day in salt water because the Halifax itself is
backing up in here during high tide and then part of the day it’s fresh water
because storm water from upstream is flowing down out into the Halifax so
picking the specific plants in here was a difficult task we expected you know
some mortality so we selected a wide variety of plants to put in here and
function as a salt marsh once it’s once it’s completed in 2005 this project was
funded by the Indian River Lagoon National estuary program and total
funding that was coming from the Indian River Lagoon Council was about $181,000
hundred hundred eighty one thousand dollars and we matched
additionally 183 thousand dollars the matching is coming from the sump
some of them are from volunteer hours and then from Volusia County
environmental management in their professional hours and then some of them
from Jen Kirkman University my personal time and then other supplies from
bethune-cookman they are used in this project you you

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