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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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Left image shows ditch with trees; right image shows shallow ditch in field

Ditch Work

Before November 2011, we filled in a one-mile section of ditch that bisected Units A and B and allowed water to bypass the area. Now the ditch matches the surrounding elevations so that shallowly flooded ground in Units A and B can be better used.

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Photo of diverse grassland, including wildflowers

Diverse Grassland Habitat

Photo of diverse grassland, including wildflowers.

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downy painted cup

downy painted cup

The downy painted cup is one flower that, in Missouri, only grows at the Loess Hill Prairie. It is related to the more common Indian paintbrush, which has bright red blooms.

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Drawn to Wetlands

What comes to mind when you think of a wetland? MDC Wetland Ecologist Frank Nelson describes how plant and animal species distribute themselves within a typical bottomland swamp.

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Photo of tree damage at Duck Creek CA

Duck Creek CA Tree Damage

During the last week of April 2011, strong winds damaged trees along our roads. However, damage to trees within the pools doesn’t appear to be extensive.

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Duck Creek CA Waterfowl Abundance

In 2011, waterfowl numbers at Duck Creek peaked during the last week of November and first week of December. Despite a dip in numbers, mallards showed a second, smaller peak towards the end of December.

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