Wastewater to Wetlands Program
from a Seminole Indian phrase meaning "created
waters," the Wakodahatchee Wetlands was constructed by Palm
Beach County Water Utilities Department next to the existing System 3
Water Treatment Plant located one mile southeast of the Southern Region
Water Reclamation Facility. This project has significantly
enhanced about 56 acres of former percolation ponds into a thriving
wetlands habitat. Approximately two million gallons per day of highly treated reclaimed water is used to maintain the
wetlands, which attracts an abundance of wildlife in a park-like
setting. By acting as a natural filter for nutrients that remain, the
wetland work to further cleanse the water.
The Wakodahatchee Wetlands have attracted
an abundant variety of wildlife, including turtles, frogs, otters,
alligators and birds. More than 140
different species of birds have been spotted at the site. These species
thrive in the various wetland zones found at the Wakodahatchee
Wetland. The zones were designed for a mixture of habitat types
- Open water ponds areas to attract water
fowl and diving birds
- Emergent marsh areas for rails, moorhens
- Shallow shelves for herons and egrets
- Islands with shrubs and snags to serve
as nesting, roosting and basking sites
- Forested wetlands areas for long-term
A three-quarter mile boardwalk winds
through three of the wetland's ponds, allowing visitors the opportunity to
read interpretive signs and learn about water purification, wetlands
ecology, natural history and the interdependence of people and their
existing pond berms have been planted with native plants using natural
landscaping techniques to provide extensive planted buffers, which
eliminate views from the top of the berms into the adjacent neighborhoods.
So stop on by for a visit (observation, bird watching or nature
photography) if you are in the neighborhood.
Wakodahatchee Wetland is located in suburban Delray Beach, Florida, on the
east side of Jog Road, between Woolbright Road and Atlantic Avenue. The
site is on the southeast side of Palm Beach County Water Utilities
Department's Southern Region Operations Center at 13026 Jog Road, Delray
Beach. The wetland is open to the general public from sunrise to
sunset, seven days a week. Tours of Wakodahatchee Wetland are conducted
on the second Tuesday of every month at 9am, and on the third Wednesday of
the month at 4pm during winter months. The tour lasts approximately one
hour, and the tour group size is limited to 20. Space on the tour must be
reserved in advance.
For reservations or questions about the wetland,
please phone (561) 641-3429.
Community organizations and school groups
may request tours on an "as available" basis. Tour group size is
limited to 20 people, and group tours need to be scheduled at least one
month in advance.
- For group tour information, please phone (561)
from Wakodahatchee Wetland brochures, Palm Beach County Water Utilities
Department and CH2MHILL.
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