World Wetlands Day is celebrated on 2nd February each year in order to raise public attention on the vital role wetlands play in reducing flooding, absorbing excess water, supporting life organisms, improving the water quality, etc.
Unaware and indifferent to this, wetlands especially in urban areas are considered as waste land that can be built upon. The theme for this year is 'Wetlands for a sustainable urban future."
We look back at the wetland in our lake. Given that the water area is only 10 acres, the wetland is less than an acre. It is separated from the main body with a line of boulders about 7 ft high. Four rainwater inlets and an STP line are located in the wetland.
For several years we tried to avoid looking at the wetland simply because we didn't know how to maintain it. It was overgrown, littered with all sorts of stuff, some of which entered with rain water and the rest thrown in by an indifferent public. But closing one's eyes or ignoring a problem doesn't make it go away, does it? Towards the end of 2016, we decided to revamp the wetland. You can read about our project here.
The photographs show the evolution of the wetland in our Puttenahalli Lake from 2010.
Creating the wetland, June 2010
The wetland in August 2015
The wetland in May 2016
The wetland in Jan 2018
No marks for guessing which is now our favourite spot at the lake!
Spare a thought to water, to wetlands!