Radies Wetland Construction

Okanagan Similkameen Stewardship is so excited to help the Radies Family in Vernon with the restoration of their wetland. It was done in order to provide better wetland habitat for waterfowl and Great Basin Spadefoots.   Thank you to partners Wetland Institute, Ophiuchus Consulting, Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program, and our funding partners, Wildlife Habitat Canada, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, and Habitat Stewardship Program for making this project possible.  Follow the photos to learn about all the steps that were done in this land-moving project.  

Area before restoration
Step one:  After obtaining necessary Water Act Permits,  we dug a test hole to look for ground water, soil type and buried fill from construction sites, like concrete or rebar. Students from the Wetlands Institute Course then checked out the test hole and decided the best course of action.

Native sedges were salvaged for replanting after works completed.

The topsoil was also removed and set aside so it could go back on top of the finished wetland.

Under the topsoil the clay soil was dug out to create an ephemeral pond. An extra 70cm of clay was removed, mixed with water and compacted to form a water tight clay liner to hold in the spring run off.

Compacted the clay into a water tight liner.

Topsoil was put back on top of the compacted clay. Rocks were added to create structural diversity and help prevent erosion.

After a demonstration, the Wetlands Institute came out and helped us plant.

We planted approximately 700 native plants, the salvaged sedges and 25 pounds of native grass seed.

Irrigation.  Even native plants need a little water to help them get going.  Generally, we try to
limit watering of restoration projects to a year or two.  
After that, native plants should be able to survive without additional water.

Immediately after planting.  Ongoing maintenance such as weeding out invasive plants
will go on for 3-5 years.

After a rainfall, the pond is already holding water.