Columbus residents adjacent to Saunders Park on the near east side await a decision on park clean-up. But, it appears they’ll have a long wait.
Wetlands produce four grams of carbon per square meter per day, or 15,000 pounds of plant material a year – twice that of a forest.
Soil particles flow into a wetland, can be stirred up, or can sink to the bottom
Plants with roots in the water can grow up through the water, or can grow as algae, which can break off and float to the surface
Phosphorus is essential in wetlands, but too much is dangerous
Wetlands can do and be many things, including: reduce flooding, filter pollutants, be incredibly productive, and act as a nature preserve
Energy is transferred from the sun, plants, and animals. The food web in a wetland offers many choices for animals.
Bottomland hardwood forests, or swamps, receive most of its water from river floods, which effects what types of plants can grow in them.
The amount of nitrogen in rivers has increased over the years, but wetlands can filter out some of it