pile of musk thistle being removed
An example of a pile of musk thistle being removed.

The bulk of this 2,000 acre drainage system requires constant vegetation maintenance. Whether it be turf, managed prairie, or wooded, this vegetation is managed with a primary focus on effective stormwater management.

With that in mind, Engineering also strives to balance vegetation management with wildlife, recreational and aesthetic uses of the land.

Ecological Restoration in Stormwater Ponds and Greenways: A brief overview in the history, objectives, management strategies and renewed approach to improve ecological biodiversity

The following are the main management practices used to care for these areas:

Mowing and Tree Removal
Stormwater Land As Native Habitat
Integrated Pest Management