According to Tom Velat, the District's invertebrate ecologist and lead staff member on Hine's emerald dragonfly research, the project has numerous benefits for the District.
"We'll be creating habitat for an endangered species, working with experts every step of the way, and the project will be fully funded," he
noted that the chosen restoration site has many of the species' preferred conditions already in place.
Work will focus on removing invasive plants and improving existing groundwater flow.
"This is cutting-edge research and restoration, and we'll gain invaluable knowledge of the Hine's
emerald dragonfly and its needs," he
The university team is already in place and has been working on other research efforts stemming from the I-355 extension.
The first phase of the habitat creation will begin this month.
Subsequent phases and monitoring will take place over several years.
"It is a long-term process," said Velat
, "and we'll be helping these rare jewels thrive for generations to come."