Flooded forest at Orlando Wetlands
This used to be a forest, but it was intentionally flooded, and for a very practical and good purpose. Orlando Wetlands is a beautiful example of how we can accomplish both necessary processes of modern civilization while supporting the environment. The water that flows into this large wetland complex is secondary treated wastewater. As the water flows through consecutive cells, the excess nutrients are withdrawn primarily from vegetation in the water. The water and plants provide excellent habitat for many animals, some of which are species of concern. By the time the water empties out downstream, it is cleaner than most effluent standards.
Conveniently, there are many miles of trails along the elevated berms between the wetland cells to allow guests to hike throughout the park and see the abundant wildlife.