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Construction of the ring levee to protect the Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke communities from flooding requires the restoration of wetlands. Ducks Unlimited, a nonprofit conservation group, has been retained to find 17 acres of wetlands as mitigation required by the permit of the OHB Levee project.

The OHB ring levee project requires 30 acres of wetland mitigation. In addition to the 17 acres by Ducks Unlimited, three acres will be mitigated on-site in-kind, six acres will be newly constructed on site mitigation, and approximately four acres will be off site mitigation using existing constructed wetlands in Cass County. The restoration is federally mandated, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is requiring the state’s Ducks Unlimited organization to carry out the required work.

The Diversion Authority supports the use of natural resources and wetlands in efforts to enhance flood protection, and therefore complement the flood protection provided by the Diversion Project. Wetlands act as nature’s “natural sponges”, and can be used to absorb excessive snow melt and spring runoff. The multiple functions wetlands and grasslands can provide in holding snow, runoff water and rain can reduce pressures on levees and dams. These natural resources can also reduce river and stream flows.

Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest private waterfowl and wetlands conservation organization. The organization is able to multilaterally deliver its work through a series of partnerships with private individuals, landowners, agencies, scientific communities and other entities.