Floating wetlands in Baltimore Harbor.
On December 2nd, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), the city of Richmond, and Floating Island SE of Raleigh, N.C., will install two floating wetland gardens in Young’s Pond in Bryan Park. The plants in the floating wetlands will absorb and remove pollution from the pond, improve water quality in the Upham Brook watershed, and provide habitat for wildlife. The following day, CBF will plant approximately 100 trees in Bryan Park to create a pollution buffer to trap and absorb runoff from a parking lot. Both projects are part of a larger community partnership project led by CBF to restore Upham Brook, a tributary of the Chickahominy River and Chesapeake Bay. The projects are made possible by a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund using funds generated by the sale of Chesapeake Bay license plates in Virginia. The public is invited to come watch the installation. The trees will be planted on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.