Passive Establishment of Vegetation in Constructed Wetlands in Agricultura Settings: a Case Study

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Title: Passive Establishment of Vegetation in Constructed Wetlands in Agricultura Settings: a Case Study
Creators: Luckeydoo, Lee M.; Fausey, Norman R.; Davis, Craig B.; Regnier, Emilie; Brown, Larry C.
Issue Date: 2006-09
Citation: The Ohio Journal of Science, v106, n4 (September, 2006), 164-168.
Abstract: Three wetlands constructed in 1995 on land adjacent to agricultural fields in northwest Ohio were allowed to establish vegetation passively. Survey data collected 1998-2001 from quadrats in open water, frequently and infrequently submerged zones within the basin, identified 77 species over the three sites. Greatest species diversity occurred in the infrequently and frequently submerged zones. The dominant species within the wetlands originated from agricultural fields, nearby drainage ditches, streams, and the seeded erosion control buffer zones surrounding the wetlands. Six years following construction, less than 50% of the dominant species were wetland species. Results suggest that for constructed wetlands in agricultural settings, plantings or seeding of desired species will be required to supplement the existing sources of wetland vegetation species.
Description: Author Institution: USDA-ARS Soil Drainage Research Unit, Columbus, OH
Author Institution: School of Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Author Institution: Dept of Horticulture & Crop Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Author Institution: Dept of Food, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/36485
ISSN: 0030-0950
Rights: Reproduction of articles for non-commercial educational or research use granted without request if credit to The Ohio State University and The Ohio Academy of Science is given.
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