Work has begun to create a wetland bank with natural buffers on the south side of the Gamehaven Reservoir.
The work is taking place on city-owned land. The wetlands and associated buffers will help provide water-quality protection for the reservoir, encourage groundwater infiltration and create wetland credits that can be used on future city projects, according to Rochester Public Works.
Reservoir water levels were recently lowered in order to facilitate the start of the project, and future adjustments may be necessary. The project is expected to be finished by the end of November and will not affect recreational activities on the reservoir aside from previously shallow areas being inaccessible.
The $1.7 million project is being funded with flood-control reserve funds and stormwater utility fees.