Planting at the Carver Farm wetland.A man-made wetland is being enhanced with native grasses and plants on Lincoln University’s George Washington Carver Farm in Jefferson City. The Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

The 319 Grant funded construction of the wetland and an additional EPA Wetland Development Program Grant helped purchased 299 native grasses and plants that the Lincoln University’s Agriculture Department and Wildlife Club planted in the water and at the water’s edge. The project established a highly visible demonstration wetland at Lincoln University’s George Washington Carver Farm. The wetland is adjacent to the Moreau River. Agriculture practices on the George Washington Carver Farm include crop and livestock production among the many research, extension and teaching activities. This project demonstrates the importance of wetlands in improving water quality, groundwater recharge, flood control, phytoremediation, wildlife/fish habitat, and biodiversity.

The wetland demonstrates alternative uses for marginally productive land and provide a model for public entities to augment their environmental impact.

Lincoln University is the only land grant institution in Missouri that has a wetland, which is a unique opportunity for educational and experimental learning.

Staff from the department’s Water Resources Center installed a groundwater observation well monitoring station at the site. The station monitors groundwater levels and meteorological data that are posted online in near real-time through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey. Carver Farm station data is available online at bit.ly/2hwzfSf.

As part of the wetland development program grant, the department is collaborating with Lincoln University students in the university’s Agriculture Department and Wildlife Club to develop interpretive signage and educational literature for a trail along the wetland that will be built by Carver Farm staff.

Educational tours of the wetland are available. Lincoln University students use the wetland as an outdoor classroom and laboratory.

Cooperating agencies include Lincoln University, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, U. S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ducks Unlimited, Hamilton Native Outpost, Missouri Department of Conservation, U.S. Geological Survey, and Three Rivers Electric Cooperative.

For more information contact Lincoln University project manager Jeremia Markway at 660-681-5540 or email markwayj@lincolnu.edu.

Planting at the Carver Farm wetland. Planting at the Carver Farm wetland.

Planting at the Carver Farm wetland. Planting at the Carver Farm wetland.