Sedona Wetlands Preserve

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A treatment technique and public park

American bittern at the Wetlands Preserve 2017The Sedona Wetlands Preserve is part of the city's wastewater treatment system as well as a park and a great location for birding. Visit the Wetlands Preserve park page for more information including a list of birds spotted at the park.

White Amur fish at the park. In June 2015 white Amur grass carp were planted in the ponds of the Sedona Wetland Preserve to control weeds under a permit from Arizona Game and Fish Department. Two hundred fish were placed in five ponds. Because the preserve is an isolated body of water, the fish will not be able to enter native Arizona waters. Please note that fishing is not allowed at the preserve.

Image of grass carpWhite Amur has an interesting history: Marco Polo made comments about the fish and Taiwan’s involvement with the fish is reported to date to 400 B.C. Amur fish are also associated with places as diverse as Russia, Egypt, and China.

You can learn more about this fish and how the species is used in Arizona at the following sites:

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/BENEFICIAL/MISC/Ctenopharyngodon_idella.htm
http://www.srpnet.com/environment/amur.aspx