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Wetlands near the Rochester Athletic Club being restored

Rochester, Minn. (KTTC) A new learning center in Rochester is restoring some of the area's natural beauty.

This past winter, the Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center began seeding to restore and improve about 90 acres of wetlands in Rochester.

"Behind me you can see the restoration of a 9 acre pond and a lot of dirt," says Lisa Eadens, Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center

The building of the Science Center was built with the sand dredged from the lake..

"Everything that was used to build the building came out of that lake and it was pumped a mile and a half over to the concrete plant.," says Geologist and Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center Board of Directors member Jeff Broberg.

He says wetlands play an important part in Minnesota's ecosystem.

"They're the kidneys of the earth. They're the environment were the water seeps though becomes resident and gets cleaned up," says Broberg.

The complete restoration of the wetlands will take about 3 more years and will be used primarily as a teaching tool, but the science center will hold a grand opening June 3rd and 4th.

"We wanna draw people out here to discover these interesting and really cool habitats and to inter act with them and see the wild life right here in Rochester,' say Eadens.

Broberg and Eadens both say when the restoration is finished, the wetlands will be a site to see.

"We'll see a beautiful lush habitat that will range form knee high to over your head of different plant communities," says Broberg.

"You know native grasses and birds and all different types of habitat and we're gonna have trails out for people to walk," says Eadens

An amazing future for what, right now, looks like a construction site.

The Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center was founded by Jack Remick and construction was funded privately by donations.

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