Wetlands Ecology and Management

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 385–395 | Cite as

Hydroperiods of created and natural vernal pools in central Ohio: A comparison of depth and duration of inundation

Original Paper


Water levels were recorded weekly from six natural vernal pools and 10 created vernal pools at two forested wetland complexes in central Ohio. Vernal pool median water depth and duration of inundation were significantly greater at the created vernal pools than at the natural vernal pools (α = 0.05, P < 0.05). The average period of inundation for created pools was 309 ± 32 days, compared with 250 ± 16 days for natural pools. The created pools produced a range of inundation times, from 163 to 365 days in length, with three pools permanently inundated.


Constructed wetland Ephemeral pond Hydrologic regime Hydrology Hydroperiod Mitigation Seasonal pools Temporary wetlands Vernal pool Wetland restoration 



This research was supported by teaching assistantships and a mini-grant from the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University and by support from the Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park. Advice on these research sites has been provided by Robin Lewis and Ralph Tiner in the ORW wetland short courses that use these sites. We are indebted to Bill Resch for providing the rain gage and for his years of collaboration at New Albany. Bill Somerlot and his classes installed the staff gages at the New Albany school wetland. Kyle Meadows helped collect field data. Access and information about the Gahanna Woods wetland were kindly provided by Melissa Moser of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Bill Loebick. We thank Mick Micacchion of the Ohio EPA and Desiree Hahn of the USACE for providing information about the New Albany site. Olentangy River Wetland Research Park Publication 08-011.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, School of Environment and Natural ResourcesThe Ohio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.USDA, ARS, Soil Drainage Research UnitColumbusUSA

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