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.