After more than 15 months of planning and preparation, Sacred Heart Retreat and the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center have installed two of the largest urban wetlands in Louisville. Construction took place from August 28 – August 31, under the direction of nationally known wetlands designer Thomas Biebighauser. The wetlands, valued at $70,000, were installed at no charge because of a collaboration with the Sheltowee Environmental Education Coalition and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“Wetlands help to heal and preserve the integrity of creation,” said Kyle Kramer, the executive director of the Earth & Spirit Center. “They serve valuable ecological functions, like filtering storm water before it hits waterways, and they provide habitat for a greater diversity of plant and animal species. These wetlands will also serve educational purposes, as a living laboratory for local school students, universities, and Earth & Spirit Center program participants.”
The wetlands are part of a larger effort to rehabilitate the 21-acre Passionist property in Louisville through invasive species removal, planting of native species and trees, hosting refugee gardeners from East Africa, installing pollinator gardens and rain gardens, building greenhouses, and many other projects.
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Click here to read an article about the wetlands from the Louisville Archdiocesan newspaper.