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Lake Houston: Wetland Demonstration and Education Exhibits

A project to build a large-scale constructed wetland and to install water quality exhibits at the Houston WaterWorks Education Center.


Since 2006, high levels of bacteria have been documented in the northwest portion of Lake Houston, a primary recreation and drinking water resource for Houston and vicinity. Action items in a Source Water Protection Strategy for the lake include constructed wetlands and public education about nonpoint source pollution.

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Project Description

This project provided for the installation of more than 30 educational and interactive exhibits at the City of Houston WaterWorks Education Center in its first year of operation (2010-2011). The City of Houston also proposed to build a large-scale demonstration wetland and monitor its effect on the levels of bacteria entering the lake. However, the building of the demonstration wetland had to be canceled because the City was unable to secure a suitable site for it within the contract period.

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