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Shallow Lake and Large Marsh Restoration

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Ducks Unlimited has experienced engineers, drafting professionals, surveyors and construction managers that design and deliver wetlands and shallow lake restoration projects. Contact the DU Living Lakes professionals if you are interested in a restoration project.

By the year 2011, DU expects to restore 400 shallow lakes and large marshes with degraded waterfowl habitat. The restored basins will improve the stepping stones for migrating waterfowl. The improved shallow lakes will expand the aquatic food base for ducks and increase the capacity of the migration corridor to support scaup, mallards, canvasbacks and other waterfowl. The improved shallow lakes and marshes will ensure that individual ducks maintain their body condition as they migrate through the flyway.

Living Lakes Initiative shallow lake and large marsh restoration accomplishments in Minnesota and Iowa

'07-'08 Accomplishments¹ '07-'08 basins Cumulative Accomplishments²
8,361 acres 18 184 shallow lakes
1 restorations completed between July 1, 2007 and June 30, 2008
2 restorations completed since July 1, 2004

The potential for restoring previously drained wetlands and shallow lakes in Iowa and Minnesota is extensive. Drainage and tile systems designed to make the land more suitable for row crop agriculture has taken a heavy toll on the wetlands and shallow lake basins. In Iowa, an estimated 89 percent of wetlands base has been destroyed. In Minnesota, the numbers are equally grim with an estimated 42 percent of the wetlands now gone.

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