Over the past year, several sediment removal projects were conducted on wetlands within the Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District (WMD). You may have noticed numerous large mounds of dirt throughout the district in such places as: Funk WPA, Macon Lakes WPA, and Massie WPA. These projects were completed in conjunction with our Partners for Fish and Wildlife program. Laurel Badura, Private Lands Biologist, was instrumental in finalizing these projects and filling several reuse pits within the wetland hydric soil footprint. Once the reuse pits are filled, future rainfall events are able to function more naturally, and potentially flow towards a historic hydric footprint. One step at a time, a wetland can be restored, to function properly.
Each year Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District (WMD) employees collect and harvest native and local ecotype seeds from various grasses and forbs. These seeds are utilized during wetland and upland restoration projects. Partner organizations are essential to the continued success of this annual project to restore our wetland and prairie ecosystems. Management of these ecosystems will continue to focus on all pollinator species, including the monarch butterfly. Restoration of these functioning landscapes is essential to promote healthy fish and wildlife populations while reducing the demand of chemicals and other pollutants to control invasive species.