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Minnesota's Harder Lake WPA Project Completed

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Breeding and migrating waterfowl found much improved habitat this spring on Minnesota's Harder Lake Waterfowl Production Area (WPA), thanks to a wetland enhancement project conducted by Ducks Unlimited in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). DU teamed up with the USFWS to install a new water-control structure and fish barrier on a 43-acre managed wetland on this WPA. The new water control-structure allows the USFWS to enhance wetland habitat by mimicking natural wet and dry cycles. The new fish barrier prevents rough fish from entering the wetland and degrading water quality. 
 
The USFWS's Windom Wetland Management District manages Harder Lake WPA, which consists of 160 acres of wetlands and associated grassland habitat. Funding for this project was provided by a state grant from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, and a federal grant from the USFWS. DU and the Cottonwood County Game and Fish League provided additional support. 

Special thanks go to the Jorgenson family, who graciously allowed access to the construction site from their property. This project is part of DU's Living Lakes Initiative, which enhances, restores, and protects shallow lakes and large marshes in Minnesota and Iowa for breeding and migrating waterfowl.
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