ICC building a wetland to create a hands-on learning environment

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EAST PEORIA (WEEK) – Illinois Central College’s East Peoria Campus is getting a new resource for students studying agriculture and the environment.

Earth movers were working hard Thursday to create a man made wetland on the college’s demonstration farm. ICC said when it’s done, the wetland will hold the drainage from the farm’s fields to get rid of excess nutrients.

Jill Kostel with the Wetland Initiative said they’re installing a special tile drainage system; something the students will get to learn about in a hands-on way.

“They’re gonna [sic] be learning about the different practices on a farm that can reduce nutrient loss such as conservation tillage, cover crops, bio reactor, and a constructed wetland that’s already occurring on this farm here,” said Kostel.

She said the work should be done by Saturday but it will take about three years to make the wetland fully vegetative.

The site is having an open house Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. if you want to take a look at the progress. In a press release it said the open house is sponsored by ICC, the Wetlands Initiative, the Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association, and the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership, in collaboration with other partners.

Molly Jirasek

Molly Jirasek

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