Sedona Wetlands Preserve

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A treatment technique and public park

American bittern at the Wetlands Preserve 2017The Sedona Wetlands Preserve is not only part of the city's wastewater treatment system, it is a park available for the enjoyment of area residents, especially by birding enthusiasts. Visit the Wetlands Preserve park page for more information including a list of birds spotted there.

White Amur fish planted in Sedona Wetlands

In June 2015 White Amur Grass Carp fish 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. When the fish were planted staff noted there were already fish in the ponds, including a number of gold fish, many of which were transferred to other ponds.

The White Amur (Ctenopharyngodon idellus) came from Arkansas.  Because the Sedona Wetlands 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 in the Sedona Wetlands Preserve area.

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 at the following sites:

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