Great Egret Marsh Enhanced

The two coastal wetlands became unproductive, full of undesirable fish and had poor water quality

Ducks Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) this summer completed a 60-acre coastal wetland enhancement project on TNC’s Great Egret Marsh Preserve.

The preserve is on the Catawba Peninsula west of East Harbor State Park. The two coastal wetlands at the preserve lacked water level control and became unproductive, full of undesirable fish and had poor water quality which lacked wetland vegetation.

The project installed infrastructure to reconnect the wetlands with West Harbor and connect two wetlands for improved water level management and to allow seasonal fish access for spawning. TNC secured Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to complete this project.

Much of the grant was sub-awarded to DU for engineering work and to hire a contractor to complete the project. 

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