In 1957, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources impounded Trist Creek to create a 63-acre managed emergent marsh known as the Baldwin Flooding.This project was undertaken with a goal of providing a cornerstone waterfowl and recreational use area at Waterloo, a 20,782-acre Recreation Area located in Jackson County. Baldwin Flooding has become a key waterfowl migration and brood-rearing habitat and is one of the most heavily used public use areas at Waterloo. In 1993, 14 acres of nearby upland fields were planted to switch grass to develop a wetland/grassland complex and promote additional waterfowl production in the area.
In the spring of 2004, near record rainfall coupled with an aging infrastructure and inadequate emergency spillway led to the failure of the levee and completely drained the wetland. DU to the rescue! DU staff wrote and submitted a successful $35,000 small NAWCA grant and committed funds from the Frey Foundation challenge grant to complete this project. DU also is handling the topographic survey, engineering design, contracting and construction management services for this project. This project will be complete in the fall of 2006.