Superior celebrates the new Poplar Wetland Basin

The wetlands are designed to naturally treat polluted storm water runoff

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – The City of Superior celebrated the New Poplar Wetland Basin with an open house on Monday.

The community was invited to come and learn more about the wetland area, which is designed to receive some of the city’s storm water runoff. The basin is meant to naturally remove pollutants that get picked up by storm water.

“The Poplar Wetland Basin behind me does just that,” water resource specialist for City of Superior Andrea Crouse said. “It takes storm water from Belknap St. and surrounding neighborhoods, it comes into this basin, and as it moves through, sediment and dirt settle out, and plants, wetland plants, take up other pollutants.”

The basin is designed so that the water collected from the storm drains has a chance to remove the pollutants before that water reaches Lake Superior.

“This is a great way to treat that storm water before it reaches Lake Superior, because once it’s in Lake Superior, it’s hard to do anything with it,” Crouse said.

City crews will periodically remove the polluted sediments from the basin and bring it to a landfill.

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