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Lake Miccosukee - Wetland Enhancement

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Purpose: A fixed-crest weir with a screw gate exists on the south end of Lake Miccosukee. This water control structure was designed to maintain suitable lake levels and allow for periodic management drawdowns of the lake. Seepage erosion caused the gate portion of the structure to collapse, rendering it inoperable. This project funded repair work on the structure to enhance water management capability on the lake. Water level management on this lake maximizes the availability of wetland habitat and provides for periodic drawdowns. Lake Miccosukee is a regionally significant wetland providing habitat for migratory waterfowl (especially ring-necked ducks) and locally breeding wood ducks. This project is managed by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Northwest Florida Water Management District to maintain high quality wetland habitat for wintering and resident waterfowl, while providing public hunting opportunities.

Location: Approx. 6 miles west of Monticello, FL (Jefferson County)

Acres Impacted: 6,312 acres

Habitat Type: Emergent Marsh
Aquatic Vegetation

Partners: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Suwannee River Water Management District
Ducks Unlimited, Inc

Timeline: Construction was completed in summer 1998

DU Contact: Craig LeSchack
Director of Conservation Programs – Florida
3896 Leeds Avenue
Charleston, SC  29405
(843) 745-9110
cleschack@ducks.org

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