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Wetlands for Wildlife


Across western Minnesota, greater than 99% of wetlands have been drained. One only needs to fly over the area or look at aerial photos to see how radically we have changed the hydrology of this landscape. This has had two effects. First, wetland drainage has removed hundreds of thousands of acres of nesting and brood rearing habitat for waterfowl and other grassland gamebirds and songbirds. Second, instead of holding water in the watershed in those wetlands, the water flushes into our river systems. The Red River Valley has faced massive floods and flood damage each of the last three years. While this project won't prevent flooding, any water held in the watershed is water that isn't in the Red River during flood season. This work uses the best conservation science to strategically restore wetlands on the landscape to increase waterfowl populations.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 04/17/2012 - 06/30/2015

Project Manager Greg Hoch

Grant Recipient Friends Of The Detroit Lakes Wmd

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $75,000

Expended $75,000

Statutory Reference M.L. 2016, Chp. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(K)

Management Unit(s) Aquatic Management Area

Habitat(s) Wetland

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Becker


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 75 Acres

Measurement 201 Acres