Herrick Aquatic Education Research Facility
The HAERF is replicated experimental wetlands on campus. The HAERF was built on the KSU campus in 2001. It includes 10 independently flooded wetland basins, a stream pool habitat, and terrestrial habitat around the perimeter of the wetlands. The wetlands have been in use since 2002 to conduct population and community-level experiments under natural environmental conditions.
A peatland wetland includes a shallow pool, dry in the summer that usually floods after spring rains and snowmelt. Kent State University faculty, staff and Biology Club students collaborated on a management plan to preserve a peatland wetland on campus. Kent State University is using best management practices to achieve its goal of providing a healthy and functioning wetland ecosystem. This provides excellent amphibian breeding habitat due to the lack of predatory fish.
Stormwater Wetlands are located along the Portage County Hike and Bike trail Stormwater wetlands (a.k.a. constructed wetlands) are structural practices similar to wet ponds (see Wet Ponds fact sheet) that incorporate wetland plants into the design. As stormwater runoff flows through the wetland, pollutant removal is achieved through settling and biological uptake within the practice. Wetlands are among the most effective stormwater practices in terms of pollutant removal and they also offer aesthetic and habitat value. Although natural wetlands can sometimes be used to treat stormwater runoff that has been properly pretreated, stormwater wetlands are fundamentally different from natural wetland systems. Stormwater wetlands are designed specifically for the purpose of treating stormwater runoff, and typically have less biodiversity than natural wetlands in terms of both plant and animal life. Several design variations of the stormwater wetland exist, each design differing in the relative amounts of shallow and deep water, and dry storage above the wetland. (USEPA)
Annual Land and Water Symposium
Kent State’s annual Water and Land symposium will provide a forum for today’s understandings of natural systems and contemporary innovative design approaches for improving cities and society. Topics of conservation/recreation; living materials/fabrication; and sustainable/urbanism will create discussion on the limits of knowledge and the road to greater environmental responsibility.