TTF received a $50,000 grant from 3M for an ecological restoration project at the confluence of Blunn Creek and Lady Bird Lake. At the mouth of Blunn Creek, sedimentary deposits had created a small island and wide shallow areas where vegetation is becoming established. This was an early succession area that was unique along the lakeshore. This dynamic, transitional habitat represented an opportunity for habitat restoration and management, as well as a valuable educational opportunity about the ecological processes in this special area and similar urban transitional habitats – a key issue for rapidly growing cities.
Download the Blunn Creek Delta Educational materials:
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Environmental Survey Consulting completed the work in collaboration with Watershed Protection and the Parks and Recreation Department.
In May 2014, 3M volunteers had fun getting muddy at the Blunn Creek delta where they planted eastern gama grass, rose mallow and other native wetland plants as part of the ecological restoration project.