Columbus, Ohio 43210Paper on Transforming Chadwick Lake
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Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens began a project, in 2010, to renovate Chadwick Lake. The project plans were to remove invasive plants, stock the lake with various species of fish, and begin a native planting regime to increase biodiversity. The renovation began with the removal of the invasive plant, phragmites. The goal of this step was to manageably control any phragmites growth. The process was to use a herbicidal application and cut back dead growth. The next step was to stock the lake with fish. Chadwick stocked the lake with eight different species of fish. The final stage of the renovation was to maintain the native plant growth around the lake. 300 plants were established around the lake. The lake is in a stage of recovery and will remain an ongoing project for Chadwick.
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