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Potucek (Newton County) 

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The Potucek project is part of the LaSalle State Fish and Wildlife Area in northwest Indiana and was completed as a cooperative effort between the Indiana DNR, Indiana Grand Kankakee Marsh Restoration Project and Ducks Unlimited. Twelve generous and dedicated conservationists secured funds for this project through life sponsorships to Ducks Unlimited. The primary objective of the project was to provide production habitat for waterfowl. To that end, a total of 10 small, shallow, irregularly shaped wetlands totaling over 10 acres were excavated in this extensively ditched and cleared floodplain of the Kankakee River. These wetlands range in size from ½ to 2 ½ acres with depths between 1 and 4 feet and will provide excellent pair and brood-rearing habitat for ducks. The wetlands are connected to an existing system of ditches via excavated channels. Water control structures were strategically placed in the existing ditch system to maintain the water level in the ditches and allow for water to gravity feed into the wetland basins through the connecting channels. Every time the Kankakee River floods over its banks, these wetlands will capture and hold the floodwater. In addition, to provide nesting habitat on the property, the Indiana DNR will dormant-seed the surrounding upland areas to a mixture of native warm season grasses. Only a week after completion, the wetlands were filling nicely with water and are now being utilized by a variety of waterfowl and other wetland dependent wildlife.

                                

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