Posted June 30, 2020 at 1:02 PM by Amanda Frentz
Donor Highlight: Thank you to Shell and Batture LLC for helping us keep our waterways healthy during the pandemic. Their support has allowed the Park to keep up with the removal of water hyacinth, an invasive plant, from our lagoon systems.
These efforts intended to complement and advance the goals of City Park's comprehensive water management plan by targeting and inhibiting invasive water hyacinth growth. This will greatly improve the health of the Park’s lagoon system and enable community access to thewaterway.
Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is a free-floating aquatic plant, native to the Amazon basin of South America. In its native habitat, the fast-growing water hyacinth is kept in check by natural predators that feed on its leaves. Outside of the Amazon basin, without any natural population controls, the water hyacinth quickly becomes a noxious weed, forming thick mats all across waterways and causing severe damage to native ecosystems. As the water hyacinth covers waterways, it shades out native plants and animals, depriving plants of sunlight and animals of oxygen. When the hyacinth dies (which, in the Southeast, only happens after a long freeze), the decay process further depletes oxygen in the water, often causing die-offs of native fish or turtles. Due to mild winters, water hyacinths and other nuisance aquatic weeds can clog
the Parks waterways without proper mitigation.
In 2018, City Park was awarded funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) as part of the Five Star and Urban Waters program to focus on the Park’s lagoon system and riparian areas. Shell employee volunteers were featured prominently in this video (click here) which further demonstrates Shell’s commitment to conservation and City Park. This project included removal of water hyacinth. To maintain this work and removal of nuisance aquatic plant growth within the lagoon system, Shell and Batture LLC contributed to continue these treatments during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are interested in how you can help City Park during the pandemic, please contact Casie
Duplechain, Chief Development Officer, at email@example.com.
Casie Duplechain, Chief Development Officer