Westerville continually provides environmentally-friendly initiatives, programs, and projects. The city of Westerville is committed to the preservation of the environment. The Parks and Recreation department is dedicated to the preservation and protection of wetlands, floodplain, woodlots, ravines and other natural corridors to ensure. The Highlands Park Wetland Expansion and Enhancement project is currently underway. This project is an example of Westerville's continued strives to protect the environment.
The Highlands Park already has a functioning wetland; however, the plan is to enhance the vegetation and expand the boundaries to improve the utilization of the area. This increased area will both improve the quality of the ecological habitat and allow a larger, natural water treatment for storm water run-off and filtration. Strategic placement of open water areas will function as habitat for fish and waterfowl, as well as fight against erosion.
The existing wetland feeding Spring Run was considered a low quality wetland that provided minimal wildlife habitat and provided limited water flow, soil retention, and other water quality functions. Erosion control practices deposited silt promoting invasive cattails to take over the site. The goals of the Highlands Park Wetland Expansion and Enhancement project are to replace low quality wetland acreage through the on-site creation and expansion of wetland acreage, to improve the ecological diversity of the wetlands, and to improve the wetland functions and values of the existing wetland.