Ducks Unlimited (DU) partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to install a pump to provide water for the Wengeler Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in Cavalier County near the city of Devils Lake, North Dakota. The project which was completed in 2004 provides pumping capabilities for over 65 acres of wetlands on the WPA, ensuring adequate breeding pair and brood-rearing habitat in most years.
DU, USFWS and other partners first established the WPA in 1994 and 1995 by restoring the complex of seasonal and semi-permanent wetlands. This large WPA provides an abundance of vital nesting cover.
The new pump will bring water from an existing drainage located in the northwest corner of the WPA and provide water to several wetland basins through an existing water delivery system.