Salt Marsh Restoration ProgressesSep 8th, 2014 | Category: Blogs, MDC News, Oyster Restoration News, Shoreline Restoration News
Volunteers spent the morning of Saturday, September 6, planting native coastal plants in the newly reclaimed salt marsh at the Mosquito Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center. The 5.2-acre salt marsh is being reclaimed on the former property occupied by New Smyrna Beach High School behind the Marine Discovery Center (MDC).
Saturday’s planting session, led by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, St. Johns River Water Management District and MDC, brought together 25 volunteers from the community.
Volunteers from MDC, Costa Del Mar, Surfrider Foundation – Volusia/Flagler Chapter and the Brevard Zoo worked together in small teams to dig and plant various species of tidal marsh vegetation. The volunteers planted several species of Spartina, sea oxeye daisy, sea purslane and other coastal species.
A small group of volunteers also used kayaks to paddle over to the western shore of the salt marsh, where they planted Spartina alterniflora. Spartina alterniflora is a type of cordgrass that grows in and around salt water and offers habitat for juvenile fish and crabs, as well as a feeding sites for snails and other invertebrates.
The salt-marsh project is scheduled for completion at the end of September and will offer a living shoreline area in which the public may come to the center and learn how to create their own sustainable, living shorelines on waterfront property.
-Lisa D. Mickey