Wetlands Enhanced on Deal Island Wildlife Management Area

Ducks Unlimited and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Maryland Waterfowlers Association, Agri-Drain Corporation, and other partners are working to enhance wetland habitat on Deal Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Historically, this WMA's expansive wetlands have provided vital habitat for migrating waterfowl as well as prime hunting opportunities for waterfowlers. 

More than two decades ago, DU helped enhance a 2,800-acre impoundment on Deal Island WMA. In recent years increased salinity, water levels, wave action, and turbidity have degraded habitat quality in this impoundment for waterfowl and other wetland wildlife. 

The Maryland DNR has proposed a three-pronged plan for resolving these problems. The plan includes installing four additional water control-structures to enhance management capabilities and thereby reduce wave action, turbidity, and salinity; actively controlling invasive plants such as phragmites; and continuing to restore marsh habitat within the impoundment. DU will provide engineering and biological expertise to ensure this project's success.