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DUC & Assiniboine Hills CD work to restore local wetland
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April 25, 2014 – Brandon, Man. – A small 56-year-old wetland conservation project in southwestern Manitoba has received a new lease on life, thanks to co-operative efforts by Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Assiniboine Hills Conservation District.

DUC and AHCD recently conducted repairs at the Woodtick project, located in the RM of Whitewater, to enable the project to continue doing what it was originally designed for; retaining water and preserving natural habitat.

Located about eight miles from Nesbitt, the Woodtick project was constructed in 1958, when DUC built a small dam across a creek in a wooded ravine and installed a sloped 18-inch culvert to hold back about four feet of water. The dam is located immediately upstream of a municipal road and keeps water away from the road, thus preventing it from getting saturated and damaged. The project’s landowner, Dan McIntyre, an avid conservationist, uses the land adjacent to the project to graze horses, and stocks rainbow trout in the project’s water.

Over time, the project’s culvert became rusted and plugged with beaver debris. The dam was starting to erode, and water had overtopped the dam during a recent runoff event. This threatened to damage the road.

Working together, DUC and AHCD removed the culvert with a backhoe and built a rock spillway to retain the water and make the project easier to keep clean.

The AHCD contributed the costs of construction for this project, while DUC provided the engineering and supervision services.

“Wetland conservation and restoration is a huge challenge on today’s landscape. We are very fortunate to have great partners in conservation like the AHCD, to assist in the restoration of wetlands like the Woodtick project,” says DUC engineer Dave Dobson. “Together, we can always accomplish more.”

DUC actively encourages governments and private landowners to preserve wetlands in order to maintain natural habitat for waterfowl and wildlife, help reduce downstream flooding, and improve water quality by reducing sediments and nutrients.

Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at ducks.ca.

For more information, please contact:
Carolyn Kosheluk, c_kosheluk@ducks.ca
Communications Coordinator
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Phone: 204-467-3279

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