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Missouri: NAWCA grant funds next phase of confluence project

ST. LOUIS - Jan. 22, 2013 - Ducks Unlimited was recently awarded a $1 million North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) grant to implement the third phase of an ongoing conservation effort within the Confluence Region of the Illinois, Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

Missouri: B.K. Leach Conservation Area Enhancement

Since 2001, Ducks Unlimited and its partners have impacted a total of more than 4,000 acres within Missouri's B.K. Leach Conservation Area.

Fountain Grove Conservation Area - Missouri Golden Anniversary Wetlands Initiative

Fountain Grove is a 50-year old Conservation Area (CA) with ageing infrastructure (levees, water control structures, canals and pumps) that is no longer sufficient to effectively manage the area’s wetlands.

Truman Lake Wetlands

To restore wetlands in the upper Osage River drainage basin. Partners conducted restoration on nine sites within the flood basin of the Harry S. Truman Dam and Reservoir. Wetlands on several sites were restored using a technique that created gradual contours on the land by scouring shallow areas and forming raised mounds throughout the marsh.

Missouri Conservation Projects

Ducks Unlimited habitat conservation projects in Missouri. These projects benefit waterfowl, other wildlife and people. View sample projects, project map and more.

B.K. Leach Conservation Area - Wetlands Protection

To acquire 2,909 acres of bottomland hardwoods and formerly wet prairie habitat along the Mississippi River. This acquisition provides valuable foraging habitat to migrating and wintering waterfowl.

Four Rivers Conservation Area - Wetland Acquisition and Restoration

The Four Rivers Conservation Area lies in the floodplain of the Marmaton, Little Osage, Marais des Cygnes, and Osage Rivers and once supported an expansive complex of bottomland forests, wet prairie and riverine wetlands. Subsequent clearing, draining, channelization, and levee construction, reduced the number and quality of wetlands in the region.

Grand Pass Conservation Area - Missouri River Pump Station

To provide a dependable water source to manage approximately 4,800 acres of wetlands on the Grand Pass Conservation Area. Six miles of the 5,296-acre Conservation Area adjoins the Missouri River.

Nodaway Valley Conservation Area - Wetlands Restoration and Enhancement

Nearly all the historic wetlands within the Nodaway Valley River basin in Missouri have been drained and are now intensively farmed. This project provided the opportunity to restore over 2,000 acres of diverse wetlands on the Nodaway Valley Conservation Area. The project entailed the design and development of 12 wetland units with independent water management capabilities.

Settle's Ford Conservation Area - Wetland Restoration

To restore wetland functions to approximately 1,200 acres of highly altered agricultural land. The project included the design and development of wetland infrastructure that included a diversion structure and channel, breaches to existing agricultural levees, water control structures and river channel reconnections that now allow water from local watersheds to reconnect with the floodplain providing dependable water for wetland management purposes.

Fountain Grove Conservation Area - Wetland Restoration

The Fountain Grove Conservation Area was the first wetland area developed by the Missouri Department of Conservation in 1947 and has now grown to 7,154 acres. The primary purpose of this restoration project is to reclaim and restore approximately 2,069 acres of wetlands that have been lost as a result of persistent flooding and sedimentation from the Grand River.

Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area - Wetland Acquisition and Development

This project restored wetland habitat and functions to 800 acres of agricultural land at the Ten Mile Pond Conservation Area. The development included construction of 5 wetland pools with independent water control capabilities and a supporting water distribution system.

Missouri Bootheel Partners Program

The objective of the Missouri Bootheel Partners Program is to return waterfowl to the breeding grounds physically conditioned for maximum reproductive success.
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