The St. Johns River Water Management District and cooperating partners completed construction of the Flagler County Wetland Restoration Project in October 2019. The grading of the spoil piles back into ditches and creating new areas for marsh has been completed, and turbidity barriers removed. With the excavation work complete, monitoring of natural systems continues.
For nearly two decades, the district and cooperating partners have worked to restore areas impacted by dragline ditching.
In the 1950s and 1960s, large excavators called draglines were used to create an extensive network of deep, wide ditches and spoil piles cut through historical coastal wetland habitat, altering the hydrology of the remaining wetland and providing access for mosquito-eating fish. While dragline ditching effectively reduced the mosquito population in coastal wetland areas, an unintended result was a greatly altered and reduced wetland ecosystem. Today, more than 625 acres of dragline-impacted wetlands have been restored by the district and its cooperating partners.
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