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Lake Houston: Wetland Demonstration and Education Exhibits

A completed project to build a large-scale constructed wetland and 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, which is the primary source of drinking for Houston and its vicinity. Lake Houston is also a popular spot for many types of water recreation. A Source Water Protection Strategy for the lake included an action item to construct a wetland and educate the public about nonpoint source pollution.

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Project Description

Project staff installed more than 30 educational and interactive exhibits at the City of Houston WaterWorks Education Center in the first year of the Center's operation (2010-2011). The City of Houston had proposed to build a large-scale demonstration wetland and monitor its effect on the levels of bacteria entering the lake. However, the City had to cancel construction of the wetland because it was unable to secure a suitable site within the grant contract period.

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