These are Photos for Wetland monitoring in 2010 by Ron LeCain to
be sent in a monitoring report. These photos include both the
Raponi wetlands and the Rich Road wetland sites.
This photo shows a wetland cell at the Rich Road site operating optimally. The wetlands goal is to dry in the summer and be wet in the spring and fall.
Beside the one of the Rich Road cells there is a wetland that has been in existance for approximately 30 years, the new wetland was mitigated right beside this existing wetland. The existing wetland begins at the tree line where there are no leaves on the trees.
This photograph shows a wetland cell at Ithaca College that is currently showing signs of too many cattails. As to avoid a monoculture, students work with the landscapers to solve this problem. The idea is to have plants like that growing on the banks of the wetland cells to grow all through the wetlands.
This image shows the area created by students to promote a more biodiverse plant population in cell number 3 at the Raponi site. Students pulled cattails 10 feet into the pond in order to created this area.
Another Current issue is that there is currently too much water in many of the wetland cells. This "pond" at the Raponi site is currently not functioning as the intended wetland is supposed to. The wetlands are supposed to dry in the summer. This pond is currently about three feet deep. The plans to drain the water in this pond correspond to the plans to elimited the pervasive cattails in other cells, as all four of the cells at the Raponi site are connected.
These various logs and rocks placed or left behind in the wetland construction give frogs and salamanders a place to hide from birds. The wetlands at Ithaca College serves as a habitat for these three animals as well as others.