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The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been working to restore wetlands in the Green Bay watershed since 1948, when it acquired the Sensiba Unit and established the Green Bay West Shores Wildlife Area. This site was restored to a managed wetland impoundment for waterfowl production in 1959.
In recent years, the deterioration of levees, water-control structures, and a water pump have reduced wetland productivity on the Sensiba Unit. In addition, cattails and invasive phragmites have displaced beneficial wetland plants. To restore the productivity of this important managed wetland, Ducks Unlimited is partnering with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Nature Conservancy to design and install new wetland infrastructure that will enhance more than 200 acres of emergent coastal wetlands on the Sensiba Unit. A variety of fish and wildlife will benefit, including waterfowl and spawning northern pike.
Most of the funding for this project was provided to Ducks Unlimited via a gift from a private foundation, Wisconsin duck stamp proceeds, the Green Bay-Fox River Natural Resources Trustee Council, and a grant awarded to the Nature Conservancy by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). GLRI is a five-year program designed to help restore the Great Lakes ecosystem.