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Wetland Symposium

Restoration of Prairie Wetlands: Process and Techniques


RICHARD D. McCABE, JOHN C. PETERS, AND TERRY A. MESSMER

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 1017, Bismarck, ND 58501; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Denver Place, Suite 500, 999 18 Street, Denver, CO 80202; Utah State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, UMC-5210, Logan, UT 84322-5210

The restoration of prairie wetlands is both an art and a science. The Bureau of Reclamation under the Garrison Diversion Reformulation Act implemented a broad-scale wetland restoration mitigation plan that resulted in the restoration and creation of hundreds of hectares of wetlands throughout North Dakota. This work has been accomplished with the support of several private, state, and federal land management and regulatory agencies and organizations.

This 25 minute video describes some of the wetland restoration processes and techniques the Bureau of Reclamation and other resource management agencies have implemented across North Dakota to successfully restore and create prairie potholes.


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