Created: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 06:51:00 MST
Updated: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:47:50 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Mesa County Public Works was granted more than $60,000 to restore and enhance a wetlands site in Grand Junction. The restoration will take place along the riverfront trail off of C 1/2 Road.
Although this is a beautification project that will improve this area, this is being done because of the Clean Water Act. The act is a federal law to preserve wetlands by offsetting future impacts for road and bridge projects.
The work on this area will include removing the invasive plants and planting more desirable plants.
"People will be able to walk around the location without having to walk through the tamarisk and Russian olives. It’s going to be a more desirable location. This is a good location because it's connected to the river, so we're looking for that connectivity so that we can have good water sources that come in and go throughout the year,” said Carrie Gudorf, storm water specialist.
Currently, there are no road and bridge projects planned that would impact a wetland area.
However, this is a way for them to prepare if a project comes up.