AVIATLAS BIRDING HOTSPOT
Village Creek Drying Beds (Arlin...
US, Texas, Tarrant, Arlington
Lon. -97.12694, Lat. 32.78179, Alt. 479 ft
Ducks in winter, migrating shorebirds and passerines in spring and fall, and waterbirds in summer, all in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex...
Approximately one mile northeast of the Village Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, lie 240 acres of sludge drying beds. From 1970-1995, the drying beds were the final dewatering step (by natural air-drying) in solids processing. Each summer the biosolids (sludge) were removed from the beds and beneficially reused/recycled as a fertilizer and soil conditioner on area parks, golf courses, highways easements and farmlands.
In April 1995, Village Creek ceased pumping biosolids (sludge) to the drying beds. The biosolids that remained in the drying beds and adjacent stockpiles were removed and beneficially reused as a fertilizer and soil amendment under a series of contracts from 1996-2001. In October of 2001, all biosolids (sludge) was removed from the drying beds and the contracts were completed.
The drying bed site is currently maintained and available as an emergency backup for sludge storage, as outlined in the City's master plan.
Another unique feature of the Village Creek sludge drying beds are the abundance of birds and wildlife that have been attracted to the area over the years. The nutrient-filled water teems with organic life that appeals to a variety of birds. The birds and other wildlife have been using the area for over 30 years as a feeding and nesting area. Due to the availability of water and the remoteness of the site, the area is also a resting stop for migratory birds on the Central Flyway of the United States.
Inactive solid waste treatment drying beds. Remaining ponds, surrounding trees, fields offer excellent birding. The 240-acre site comprises of 45 two-acre ponds surrounded by a levee, plus some swampy woodland and damp meadows just outside the levees.
When To Go:
From the Fielder Road exit on IH 30 in Arlington, go north on Fielder for 1.3 miles to Green Oaks Blvd. Turn right on Green Oaks and go 0.3 miles to the entrance on the left.
Gates open to public 7:30-4:00 most days. DO NOT go beyond barricades. Not open during inclement weather and usually closed for a short time after rains to allow the roads to dry out. Closed by 4:30. Do not overstay or you will spend the night.