The South Wilmington Wetlands Park will provide flood relief to Wilmington's historic Southbridge neighborhood and clean up one of the largest brownfields in the City. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a brownfield is a property that may have hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants present. Building the Wetlands Park will require the removal of contaminated soil which was dumped into the marsh over the past hundred years. BrightFields, Inc. Environmental Services is working with the City to ensure that the park will be safe for people to enjoy and a place where fish, birds, and wildlife can safely live.
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) Site Investigation and Restoration Section and the Division of Water Resources have worked closely with BrightFields, the City of Wilmington, and the rest of the design team to develop a remediation plan for the site that is innovative, protective, cost effective, and consistent with site redevelopment plans. DNREC has also provided environmental funding through the Brownfield Grant Program.