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Watershed Native Staff Joins MDC and City Utilities to plant Floating Wetland at Fellows Lake

Watershed Natives staff helped the M
Watershed Natives, City Utilities, and MDC staff install wetland
issouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and City Utilities plant and install floating wetlands at Fellows Lake on July 1st, 2024. Watershed Natives and MDC have been collaborating on floating wetlands for the region. 
 
The plants used in the floating wetland are cultivated through the Watershed Natives nursery, and our interns have had the chance to work with MDC in the planning and design process. Natives intern, Jenna said, “Getting to do a project like the Floating Wetlands Project with MDC is opening a lot of doors for me and allowing me to learn more about myself and the field. It has been so fulfilling doing work that is making such a big impact in the community.”
 

In the future, scientists with the Missouri Department of Conservation hope to expand the efforts to private ponds and publicly-owned lakes. “This is just the first step,” Kara Tvedt, fisheries biologist with MDC, said. “We’d eventually like to provide instructions and technical advice to landowners who want to do this on their ponds and small lakes, too.”

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