Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a $161,589 grant through the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (GLFWRA) to enhance 1,250 acres of vital emergent wetlands on Michigan's Crow Island State Game Area. Located along the Saginaw River, this 3,500-acre habitat complex is managed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to provide habitat for waterfowl and an array of other wetland species, as well as recreational opportunities for the public.
The DNR's ability to control water levels on the 1,058-acre East Marsh and 192-acre Panko Unit has been curtailed by a failing water pump and deteriorating water-control structures. Managers must be able to effectively manipulate water levels to manage wetland vegetation, control invasive species, and maintain wetland diversity and productivity.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Restoration Center provided funding to complete an engineering design and restoration plan. Grant funds from GLFWRA will allow Ducks Unlimited and the Michigan DNR to replace the failing infrastructure with a new pump and water-control structures, which will enable managers to maintain the productivity of these wetland units for waterfowl and other wildlife. Construction is expected to be completed by fall 2013.