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Units A and B Plan Concepts

Published on: Dec. 15, 2010

In the past 50 years wetland design and development has changed quite a bit. In the early days wetlands were developed by piling up large, straight levees with little consideration for the shape of the land and how water would be managed within the impoundment. Some inherent flaws with this approach complicate wetland management and incur more costs over time. In the last 15 years, our emphasis and expertise in wetland design has emerged in the private lands sector. MDC biologists, along with NRCS soil scientists and engineers, design WRP wetlands quite a bit differently than the traditional MDC-developed wetlands. We now have the opportunity to implement these new concepts as we try to retro-fit Duck Creek with the renovation efforts. At Duck Creek we’ve mirrored the WRP approach and garnered input from multiple disciplines. By evaluating the topography and incorporating water movement and flood depth into our design, we can get a better bang for our buck.

Below are some of the key differences in our design and how this will benefit our wetland management in years to come.  Click on the images to enlarge and read.
Removing a Straight Bypass Ditch and Integrating a Meandering Slough
A Different Slant on Levees and Borrows
Working With Flood Waters and Giving Them Room to Breathe

Comments

On January 5th, 2011 at 9:42am frank said:

Well, I hope we can too.    The plan is to extend the amount of flooded habitat west into Unit B.  We've set up our low profile contour levees so that most of the habitat will be flooded no more than 2 feet deep.    The overall wetland management philosophy at Duck Creek and Ten Mile is the same.  We try to manage our wetlands so that they will meet the needs of migratory waterfowl as they seasonally pass through the Bootheel.  A major component of this is managing for moist soil plants, such as millet and other annual wetland plants.  Planting corn is another management tool.  Not only does it provide food for migratory waterfowl, it also helps us set back succession so that we get a good annual plant response during the next year.      Each area has its own characteristics (different soils, water delivery, water table, topography, etc.), which makes it unique and requires the management actions to be tailored slightly differently.  However, the goal is the same; to provide habitat for migratory waterfowl and opportunity for the public to enjoy these resources this season and those to come in the future.   Happy New Year.

On December 28th, 2010 at 10:52am Anonymous said:

I would like to see blinds 41,43, and 37 renovated to be flooded with water depths of 2 feet or less and planted in corn and millet. I've been hunting Ten Mile Pond conservation area and they have excellent corn and millet habitat and are attracting several birds. Just wondering if the same success can be accomplished at Duck Creek. I have to drive 80 miles to hunt Ten Mile but would rather drive 25 miles to hunt Duck Creek where i grew up enjoying the hunting and fishing the area has provided. And i also dearly miss the flooded timber hunting in Pools 2 and 3. Thanks for your time.

On December 16th, 2010 at 2:10am The Blueprint Project Black Edition said:

Thanks for the info ..
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