Purpose: To enhance 400 acres of moist-soil habitat on Askew WMA through installation of a well and electric pump. The project, which will positively impact over 400 acres, required the installation of a well and electric pump, and the construction of more than one mile of overhead three-phase power line. DU, through its MARSH program, provided funding to offset costs associated with the well and pump, while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) covered expenses related to the power line and for repairs to levees and water control structures. This project provides valuable foraging habitat to migrating and wintering waterfowl along the Coldwater River, primarily benefiting mallards, gadwall, green-winged teal, wood ducks, and American wigeon. The USACOE will manage the area to maintain high quality moist-soil wetlands for waterfowl, while providing additional duck hunting opportunities for local waterfowlers.
Location: Approximately 3 miles northwest of Crenshaw, MS (Tunica County)
Acres Impacted: 400 acres
Habitat Type: Moist-soil Habitat (376 acres)
Partners: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
Timeline: Construction was completed in fall 2004