Oakwoods Nature Preserve Wetland Restoration Project

Completed in fall of 2021, the Oakwoods Wetland Restoration project is a diverse ecosystem that reduces nutrient runoff while benefiting local wildlife. Forty-three pools were created, ranging from 6 inches to 6 feet deep, and from a tenth of an acre up to 7 acres in size. Existing field tiles were either crushed or rerouted into one of these pools, which gives the native wetland plants that were seeded, time to filter out nutrients. One of the constructed pools is tied directly into Aurand Run. This reconnection of the floodplain allows stormwater to spread out and slow down instead of flowing directly into the Blanchard River.