City Set to Start Sediment Removal at Sweetwater Wetlands Park
The City of Gainesville Public Works Department will begin sediment removal from Sweetwater Wetlands Park’s sediment basin on Monday, Oct. 1. This annual maintenance project is expected to be complete in about a month.
As Sweetwater Branch flows into Sweetwater Wetlands Park, it brings in thousands of pounds of sand and debris. The sediment basin is designed to capture the sediment so it can be removed annually, which helps keep the wetlands functioning.
During the project, the work area will be cordoned off and closed to the public. Creek flow will be diverted around the sediment basin to the ditch west of the forebay. Diesel powered pumps will be running to pump water from the sediment basin into the forebay. Heavy equipment, including loaders, excavators and dump trucks, will operate in the sediment basin area. The dump trucks will haul sediment out along the service road and through the main gate onto Williston Road.
While the work is underway, the park and most trails will remain open; however, park visitors should expect some noise, and are asked to stay out of closed areas and to use caution when crossing the service road.
For more information, please contact the City of Gainesville Public Works Department at 352-334-5070.