DU helps improve Lost Island Lake, Barringer Slough, Blue-Wing Marsh Complex

In northwest Iowa, the Lost Island Lake/Barringer Slough/Blue-wing Marsh complex is comprised of more than 2,200 acres of lake, wetland and associated upland habitat, making it one of Iowa's top recreation and tourism destinations.

In 2010 and 2011, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Palo Alto County Conservation Board, Lost Island Lake Protective Association, Ducks Unlimited and several local stakeholders completed a major renovation project that enhanced over 1,000 acres of wetland habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife.

This $1.3 million state-funded lake restoration will provide long-term ecological, recreational and economic benefits for Iowans. DU's engineering staff surveyed and designed a series of water control structures and fish barriers that will allow managers to effectively manage for productive habitat.