Volunteers struggling to keep some plants alive

Are the Eagle Marsh Wetlands in Danger During a Drought?

By Maureen Mespell

June 22, 2012 Updated Nov 3, 2013 at 5:04 AM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- Lawns, farms and water supplies aren't the only areas hurting from the drought.

So is Eagle Marsh, part of the Little River Wetlands Project.

Two weeks ago, volunteers planted 4,000 trans-plants, and now, they're fighting to keep them alive... while also trying to take care of other species in distress.

Betsy Yankowiak with the Little Rivers Wetlands Project says, "We haven't had a lot of rain, so we're spending a lot of volunteer and staff time going out and watering those plants, trying to keep them alive until the roots can get settled into the ground."

It's also possible the marsh lost 20-acres of recently planted seeds...trying to fight invasive species.




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