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Goose Bay Dike (Missiquois NWR) 

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Once again DU engineering expertise was put to work at the Missisquois NWR. The project entails the rehab of 1,200 feet of Goose Bay Impoundment Dike. Over the past thirty years, the only thing standing between Lake Champlain and the 110-acre Goose Bay pool has been an earthen barrier seeded with grass.   Over time, wave erosion has weakened the dike, jeopardizing wetland habitat frequented by thousands of migrating waterfowl that come here to feed on its diverse vegetation. This pool is frequented by over twelve species of waterfowl during the spring and fall migration periods. To fix the problem, portions of the dike were lined with an articulating concrete block “net”, providing protection from wave and ice damage and long-term stabilization of the structure.

 
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