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Titusville's Blue Heron Wetlands

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Great Blue Heron

The Blue Heron Water Reclamation Plant and Wetlands are owned by the city of Titusville, Brevard County Florida.


LOCATION:

The entrance is located on Route 50 about 1/4 mile West of Interstate 95 at exit 215 . There is no fee to access the wetlands.

Access to the area is from 7am to 3:30 pm - Monday through Friday. IMPORTANT: If you want to stay later than 3:30 pm call the office

Week-end Access: If you want to visit on Saturday or Sunday call on Friday and let them know.
If you don't call the gates will be locked on the week-end.

Blue Heron Wetlands business office telepnone number: (321) 383-5642

Because the facility is owned by the city you must sign-in at the office before entering the wetlands area.

It is a 10 minute drive from the Blue Heron Wetlands to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Center or the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and about 25 minutes to the Merritt Island National Seashore. Motels and dining are within minutes of the site.

DESCRIPTION:

The wetlands have been designed to be a biological filtering system that reduces nutrient levels of treated water before reaching the St. Johns River. The man-made wetlands cover 300 acres and can process over 6.75 million gallons of water a day. Completed in early 1998 and opened to the public for Bird Watching and Wildlife Viewing, the city of Titusville boasts of completing the entire $13 million dollar project under budget and on time.

The 300 acres are divided into 6 rectangular sections. A berm road (a raised unpaved road) surrounds the wetlands. Total distance around the perimeter is 2.8 miles. Even though there are berms separating the sections we suggest that you stay on the outer perimeter.

When you sign-in ask about the conditions of the road before you drive on the berm.

Be aware that the wetlands are just as wild as they would have been 100 years ago. There are other forms of wildlife living there in addition to birds, including Alligators.

If you decide to venture out of the vehicle be careful, and make sure you use your insect repellent.

Please don't litter: If you take it in - take it out. If littering gets out of hand the city may revoke public access to the area.


RULES:


Recently at the wetlands we have seen the following:

When you leave, be sure to log your sightings in the Bird Watcher's Logbook at the office.



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