The Viera Wetlands face unique funding challenges because they are neither a park nor a nature preserve, but are a constructed treatment system designed to polish effluent from the adjacent water reclamation facility. Because of this, public sector funding of the wetlands is limited to their designed wastewater treatment function. The Viera Wetlands Volunteer Program was created to address these challenges.
Volunteers assist in habitat management, wildlife monitoring, road maintenance, controlling the growth of invasive vegetation, tending the butterfly garden, repairing kiosks and the lakeside gazebo, providing tours, addressing public safety and site security concerns, and a host of other activities. Collectively, volunteers annually contribute approximately 3000 hours of service. Their efforts are essential in providing continued public access to the wetlands.
Your donations will be used for
- Road Maintenance - to maintain, repair, patch and manage the berm roads
- Habitatt Management - to control invasive vegetation in and around the wetlands
- Volunteer Program Support - to provide volunteers with safety gear, tools, training, outreach supplies, etc.
- Upkeep Materials - to repair and maintain kiosks, access ramps, railings, etc.
The Viera Wetlands Volunteer Program operates within the framework of Brevard County's B.R.A.V.E program, and is overseen by the Natural Resources Management Department. The Brevard County Board of County Commissioners appreciate your donation in support of the Viera Wetlands, consisting of the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands and nearby Storage Ponds, and the volunteers who serve there. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your contribution.