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Sweetwater Wetlands, Great Egret | by hetrickwesley
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Sweetwater Wetlands, Great Egret

A Great Egret or Common Egret perches in the sun to keep a close watch on it's surroundings.


A series of photos from my first visit to the new Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville Florida. Located on the Southeast side of Gainesville on the edge of Paynes Prarie lies this new man made wetlands restoration area and park.



Sweetwater Wetlands Park is a man-made wetland habitat of more than 125 acres. Shaped like the head of an alligator, the park has several miles of trails and is teeming with plants and animals. It was designed to improve water quality by filtering out pollution and nutrients. The park provides several environmental benefits, such as:


- Restoring the natural water flow to more than 1,300 acres of formerly drained wetlands in Paynes Prairie.

- Protecting and improving water quality in the Alachua Sink and the Floridan aquifer.

- Increasing the amount of conservation lands within Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park.

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Taken on October 14, 2015