But, wetland habitats - in all kinds
of wetlands - are really for wildlife!
The Spring Creek, the Little Bear, Logan, and Blacksmith Fork Rivers
are heavy in sediments and pollutants from farms, roads, and parking lots.
Water slows down when it enters the Wetlands Maze area which lets sediments
settle out. Plants get a chance to utilize the dissolved nutrients as they
grow and some of the heavy metals are adsorbed onto the clay particles
held by the plants' roots. After the plants die or enter dormancy in the
fall, bacteria break down the plants' organic material for use by next
year's growth. Human activities such as motorized boats disrupt this process
by disturbing the sediments that are free to travel once more. These suspended
sediments also cloud the water, blocking sunlight to submerged plants.
Store flood waters.|
The thousands of acres of wet or gradually sloping lands around that
make up the Cutler Marsh Wetlands Maze area receive surface water from incoming streams and
ground water from underlying aquifers. The flat topography reduces the
impact of sudden storms and heavy spring runoff by gradually releasing
the water over a longer period.
The rise and fall of the reservoir - necessary for supplying water
to downstream water rights holders and generating electric power - and
wave action from wind can disturb the soils along the banks. Plants emerging
from the marsh or growing along the edges of streams anchor the soil.
All life on earth starts with plants, and wetland plants grow faster
and contribute more biomass than any other environment on the planet. Plants
in the Cutler Marsh Wetlands Maze area feed insects, invertebrates, fish, birds and mammals,
and these creatures in turn provide food for other creatures.
Offer quiet solace.|
The Cutler Marsh Wetlands Maze is ideal for people to experience nature. Life is
increasingly more urban and frenetic, and we need places such as wetlands
where we can rediscover our role in the natural world and marvel at the
wonders of our fellow creatures.
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