Butte-Lawrence Counties Conservation District Wetland Development

DU has worked cooperatively with the Butte-Lawrence Counties Conservation District and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for several years developing wetlands in western South Dakota. During the recent two years 23 wetland impoundments totaling 111.3 acres were created or restored on private lands owned by 18 separate landowners in Butte and Lawrence counties. These wetlands are all surrounded by grassland and are highly productive of waterfowl, including mallards, blue-winged teal, gadwalls, wigeon and pintails.