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Photo of dirt pan construction at Duck Creek CA.

Dirt Pan Construction

Wetland topography generally doesn’t change more than 3 feet. However, the location of levees across that three feet of relief directly affects which areas can be flooded and by how much. With dirt pan construction, we are restoring the topography so we can better manage wetland habitat in Duck Creek Units A and B.

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Discover Nature Field Day with Snake at Reed Wildlife Area

Discover Nature Field Day with Snake at Reed Wildlife Area

Myla Johnson, 6, was curious about harmless snakes and their role in nature at the Discover Nature Field Day on June 25 at MDC's James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee’s Summit. Holding the snake is volunteer Christine Kline of Pleasant Hill, who is an organizer of the Wings Over Weston birding event.

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Discovery Center

Discovery Center

MDC's Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center in Kansas City is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2012.

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Discovery Center Youth

Discovery Center Youth

Kids of all ages can discover nature through a variety of activities and programs at MDC's Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center in Kansas City.

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Restored wetland topography

Distribution Slough

Restoring the topography and several sloughs will not only benefit the depth and distribution of flooded habitat, it will also help us move water to these locations. Instead of flooding the area around blinds 15 and 16 too deep to push it over to blinds 13 and 8, we will use one of the restored sloughs as a distribution channel to move water from one part of the area to another. This photo shows the broad levee and the shallow slough that will pull double duty as it provides aquatic habitat and distributes the water in the renovated Unit A.

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Two pics show Ditch#105 water levels during and after 2011 flood

Ditch 105 Water Levels

Although Ditch 105 (runs parallel between Pools 1 and 2) was plenty high at the end of April, the water levels are very low as we enter June. Over the next couple of weeks, construction crews will work on fortifying this bridge. Traffic to Pool 1 will be rerouted elsewhere.

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