Two church ponds in Carteret County will soon become wetlands designed to improve the surrounding water quality. In the coming months, the ponds, which lie upstream of Deer Creek in Cape Carteret, will transform into an infiltration wetland (upper pond) and a salt marsh habitat (lower pond). Runoff from neighboring development, including Highway 24 and shopping centers, will filter through these wetlands. Trees, flowers, and grasses planted by volunteers will help to soak up polluted stormwater runoff before it has a chance to enter Deer Creek and Bogue Sound.
Work to slowly drain the ponds began in early January, and construction of the new wetlands will begin in March with plantings scheduled for this spring. A team from Habitat Environmental Services is also working to safely relocate any animals from the ponds to nearby locations before construction begins.
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