Wetland project under way next to Covington City Hall

COVINGTON - Soon, Covington residents will have a wetland in their own backyard - or beside their City Hall, anyway.

Creation of a wetland is under way adjacent to the building on Emory Street. It's the best management practice to improve water quality, a project associated with the city's stormwater management program, according to City Engineer Tres Thomas.

The wetland will catch stormwater runoff from as far away as the Square, and filter it before it flows into Dried Indian Creek.

The creek is classified as an impaired stream, meaning it has excess pollutants.

Four pool areas will retain water and the remainder of the site will be a swampy wetland with a mix of shrubs, grasses and trees.

The public will be able to access the wetland via a sidewalk and boardwalk from Emory Street.

The site will also be used for education purposes, as a field trip destination for local school children and an outdoor laboratory for college students.

"Hopefully, it will serve its purpose from a water quality standpoint, and it will also be a nice aesthetic feature for City Hall," Thomas said.

The project will cost $289,000. The city's portion is $130,000, with a grant from the state funding the remaining $159,000.

The wetland is expected to be completed by April.