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Wetlands recharged good for wildlife

June 28, 2014
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

The IOWA RIVER WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA contains 485 acres in a combination of upland with grass cover, upland oak hickory forests and bottomland cottonwood, maple stands. The area was acquired less than 10 years ago. It was made possible via a combination of private land acquisition and the incorporation (see today's photo area) of a wetland mitigation area in cooperation with the Iowa DOT. This wetland complex was enhanced with subtle earth shaping to form shallow wetlands that would periodically be dry or have little water to the opposite situation of full recharge events. The mitigation area is how the DOT compensated for other wetland impact as the result of Highway 30 bypass work in Marshall and Tama counties. Under the guidelines the DOT must follow, if some loss of wetlands in highway corridors cannot be avoided, a compensation of 1.5 acres of new wetlands offsets each 1 acre lost elsewhere.

 
 

 

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