DCSA Project #1: Lyman Woods Pond Restoration Project
The first of my two conservation projects is regarding the following two conservation categories:
- Soil and Water Conservation
- Air and Water Pollution Control
Description of Current Status
Currently, this small pond is being overridden with invasive species like buckthorn and honeysuckle, blocking lots of natural light from the pond. Although it could have been a great water source for local wildlife, there is some runoff from nearby properties adding chemical pollutants into the water and making it unsuitable for reptiles, amphibians, birds, or other animals to use as water or a habitat. Overall, it is in a messy state (see "before pictures")
I plan to make two surface-sand filters (as shown below), remove the invasive species, and plant a buffer of native plants around the garden. The surface sand filters will slowly filter the polluted water, making it clean and then depositing it into the pond. Removing the invasive species is not only good for the pond by creating some sunlight, but also good for animals as they will be able to access the pond more easily. Additionally, the invasive species pose a threat to the natural environment, so it is good to get rid of them. The native buffer of plants will provide shelter and a habitat for many small birds, mammals, amphibians, and some reptiles, all while strengthening the soil and preventing further soil erosion.