As part of our study of wetlands, we measured the width, length, and height of the existing retention basin at MMSK.

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(Note: cattails are present though they were never planted)
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We also identified locations for future wetlands based off of the slope of the land, moisture in the soil, pooling (an extreme form of moisture), piping, marine life (ex. Crawdad holes), and brushed down vegetation.

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This picture was taken at the site of the former bridge. Notice the deep pools that were filled with over a foot of water. A wetland will likely be built at this site.

The next two pictures are of a suspected sewage bubble-up. Last school year, students found fecies and toilet paper in this location. The worst part is that water is almost always present there. However, we now suspect that it might be a spring. The wetlands group has proposed the construction of a wetland there.
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Here is the topographical map showing the locations where a wetland will be built.
(Note: if you notice that a long strip of the land on the other side of the stream is without a wetland, that is because the stream's route will be remodeled and we can't plan wetlands there until the renovation is finished)

Below is one of the storm drains that pollutes our stream. Since water from all over drains into strom drains, there are several dangerous substances in that water: fertilizer, fecies, motor oil and gasoline,sediments, nitrates, nitrites, and more.
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This picture is of the pipe that drains water into our retention basin. One scholar in the wetlands group studied the retention basin and found that this pipe is too small and requires improvement.
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This is our already constructed raingarden. The raingarden subdivision of the wetlands has proposed a raingarden near Stone Road (near to where the MMSK-CMS sign is) and one above the retention basin (near the beginning of the existing parking lot).
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In the right side of this picture, Canebrake, a native bamboo-like plant, is present. It is directly below the "it" in this sentance and the "present in the other sentance.
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By clicking on the link below, you can access graphs from the animal subgroup. These graphs contrast the diversity of our riparian area to Mill Creek's. (All of the percentages in the graphs are rough estimates.)


The plants subdivison has prepared some graphs of Mill Creek's plants and ours.