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Blue Heron Wetlands

 

Welcome Sign for Blue Heron WetlandsThe Blue Heron wetlands have been designed to be a biological filtering system that reduces nutrient levels of treated water before reaching the St. Johns River. The man-made wetlands, including berms and upland area, cover almost 300 acres and can process around 6.75 million gallons a day (MGD) of wastewater. 4.0 MGD of wastewater coming from the City's Blue Heron facility and 2.75 MGD coming from the their Osprey/North facility. The Osprey and Blue Heron Plants have combined wetland influent parameters of 5 mg/l CBOD, 5 mg/L TSS, 6 mg/L Total Nitrogen, and 1.75 mg/L Total Phosphorus. The wetland acheives on average a discharge of 1.13 mg/L CBOD, 1.26 mg/L TSS, 1.24 mg/L Total Nitrogen, and 0.07 mg/L Total Phosphorus, which is well below their permitted limits.

The city opened the wetland to the public for Bird Watching and Wildlife Viewing in early 1998. The wetland is divided into 7 essentially-rectangular sections (see diagram - pdf). A berm road (a raised unpaved road) surrounds the wetlands. Total distance around the perimeter is 2.8 miles. The predominant species found in the wetland include Bulrushes, Naiad, Bladderwaort, Spikerush, Arrowhead, Sand Cordgrass, Pickerelweed, Watergrass, Smartweed, Duckweed, and Seashore Paspalum.

Visitor Information

The wetland is located in Titusville off Route 50 about 1/4 mile West of Interstate 95 at exit 79 (Cheney Highway). There is no fee to access the wetlands. The wetland is open from 7am to sunset each day.
Because the facility is owned by the city you must sign-in at the office before entering the wetlands area. When you sign-in ask about the conditions of the road before you drive on the berm.

Be aware that the wetlands are wild and there may be alligators, so be careful if you decide to venture out of your vehicle.

Some of the birds seen at the wetland:

Blue Heron  
  • Great, Common and Snowy Egrets
  • Moore Hen
  • Morning Dove
  • Green Heron
  • Anhinga
  • Pied Billed Grebe
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Red Shouldered Hawks
  • White Tailed Deer
  • White Ibis, Mottled Duck, Purple Gallinule, Yellow-Crowned and Black-Crowned Night Heron
  • Northern Shrike and Northern Mockingbird, Red-winged Blackbirds and the Common Grackle
  • Before heading to the site you may want to contact the facility at 321-383-5642 for details and confirm accessibility.

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Last updated: September 21, 2011

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