We have set the date to finish the third and final phase of our pond restoration project! You won’t want to miss helping us restore the north side of the pond at Grace Church along 146th Street in Noblesville. We need 30-40 people on Saturday, June 4th to help plant prairie, wetland, and aquatic plants. We’ll meet at the pond at 8:30 am and should be done before noon. Bring a garden trowel if you have one, as well as gloves and water. Sign up via this registration link or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most ponds in Indiana, particularly suburban retention ponds, are broken ecosystems. The water is polluted with turf grass herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers. The heavy, direct runoff of rainwater from nearby streets and parking lots causes bank erosion, and dry periods often expose ugly, lifeless shorelines. Very few native plants, insects, and wildlife can live in and around unrestored ponds and slopes.
The restoration process involves re-creating three types of habitats. We replace the turf grass on the slopes with native upland prairie plants, such as Purple Coneflower and Little Bluestem. Along the shoreline we install wetland plants, including Swamp Milkweed and Blue Flag Iris. In the shallow areas of the pond next to the shoreline, we plant a mix of aquatic plants, such as Lake Sedge and Arrowhead. Professionals from Cardno Inc. use augurs to seed the upland areas with prairie plant seeds and to prepare holes for us to install small plugs of about 2000 native plants. Temporary fences help protect the new plantings from geese and ducks.
- Homes will be created for God’s creatures, including native aquatic insects, dragonflies, butterflies, fish, frogs, turtles, and birds. Biodiversity and natural habitat will be restored.
- The water quality of the pond will be improved through filtering by the native plants, and the reduced use of turf grass chemicals.
- The area will be much more beautiful and aesthetically pleasing. This can help stimulate wonder and awe of God and His creation.
- Labor and gasoline costs of mowing will be reduced, and costs of fertilizers and chemicals for the former turf grass will be eliminated.
- The banks of the pond will be stabilized, eliminating erosion.
- Participants at Grace and people from the community will see the benefits of restoration and some may be motivated to restore ponds in their neighborhoods and elsewhere.