Ducks Unlimited

Various Locations | Water

Overview

ISG worked with Ducks Unlimited to work with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and landowners to develop wetlands that reduce downstream flooding.


Opportunity

Through a cooperative agreement with the NRCS, Ducks Unlimited was selected to assist NRCS and landowners by providing technical assistance necessary to implement the former Wetland Reserve Program (WRP), which required a partner for the development of wetland projects.

Solution

The WRP was a volun­tary program which allowed landowners to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands on their properties, with technical and financial assistance provided by NRCS. ISG was selected by Ducks Unlimited as a partner to provide professional services for the construction observation and development of the selected wetland projects in the North Central portion of Iowa.

WRP wetlands can help reduce downstream flooding and lessen damaging impacts from floods by spreading, slowing and storing floodwaters. Additionally, these wetlands provide habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals including migratory birds and aquatic life that depend upon wetlands as part of their life cycle. In many cases, these preserved wetlands also provide recreational, educational, and hunting opportunities for landowners.

ISG provided construction management services for 14 WRP projects administered by Ducks Unlimited in the Prairie Pothole Region of Iowa. ISG construction managers worked with local contractors to construct the wetland improvement projects co­ordinated and designed by NRCS and Ducks Unlimited.


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