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Wildwood Restoration Summary

The Problem

Wildwood Park’s wetlands have undergone a high rate of sedimentation over the last 100 years. Due to the accumulation of silt, Wildwood Lake’s depth has changed from 4 feet to 3 inches. It is losing its ability to function as a large catch basin for storing floodwaters and keeping pollution, mostly sediment, from reaching the Susquehanna River and the Chesapeake Bay.

Recreational opportunities and wildlife habitats have diminished from the Lake’s succession from deep water, to marsh and upland environments.

The Solutions

Restoration efforts, both in Wildwood and throughout the watershed, will provide an increase in water quality and flood protection while maintaining optimal recreation areas and diverse wildlife habitat for the Park’s 115,000 annual visitors.

1: Implement best management practices to restore Paxton Creek’s natural ecological functions

2. Determine how to best restore Wildwood

3. Wildwood Restoration Construction (not yet funded)

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