With a little elbow grease and ingenuity, the water cannons in the wetlands are back in working order! They’ve been non-operational for about three years and it has made a much larger impact than we originally realized. The water cannons not only provide a visual appeal to the wetlands but help with the overall health of the wetlands and improve our outdoor programming.
Parrot feather. This non-native invasive species has been our nemesis for years. Parrot feather thrives in environments with still and very slow-moving water. Unfortunately, that’s what our holding tank has become without the water cannons to help keep the water constantly moving and what has helped parrot feather thrive in the wetlands. Though it is only a small part of the solution, we are hoping that disruption the water cannons cause in the holding tank helps to naturally lessen the amount of parrot feather.
As most of you know, summer in Tennessee can last anywhere from 8-12 months. We spend many of those months outside with guests and school groups exploring the wetlands and learning about our natural habitat. The water cannons bring some much-needed relief by sending cooler air over the patio and around the holding tank. Following an afternoon spent catching tadpoles or wading in the spring, the splash of the water cannons brings sweet, cool relief.
A BIG splashy thank you is in order to the City of Murfreesboro for their diligence and determination in getting these cannons to work again!!!