Planting still needed for wetlands remediation at Weston Middle School

weston middle school wetlands remediation

The town was still waiting for Phase II — the planting phase — of the wetland remediation project behind Weston Middle School to begin earlier this week. —Kimberly Donnelly photo

The final phase of a wetland remediation project behind Weston Middle School was supposed to begin earlier this week. As of Tuesday, however, work had yet to begin.

The $330,000 project was mandated by the Army Corps of Engineers after construction of the new intermediate school and additions were made at Weston High School.

Phase I of the project has been completed. It included removing invasive vegetation and grading the area behind the middle school to improve natural drainage.

Phase II of the remediation project consists of planting about 4,000 plants — several hundred larger trees and shrubs and thousands of smaller grasses and plants.

October is the best time to get the plants in the ground so they will take.

Temporary fencing has been installed between the play areas at the middle school and the wetlands. Permanent fencing will be installed when the planting phase is complete.

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