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 Posted 7/11/2013 10:36:26 PM
 

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got under way today on an improvement to a decade old honeyhole at the Swamp.   the work will transform an existing pothole complex I built 12  years ago into a water level managed impoundment.  kind of a smaller version of the last one I did (Haven).

potholes are great but they have a short life span.  water controlled impoundments are a better investment as they can be managed and stay useful habitat producers for a much longer period of time. 

today we did some diversion work that will permanently keep hillside springs and runoff from entering the impoundment when we are in draw down mode and need to be DRY.   this finished product will be somewhat unique as not all of the existing pothole will be altered.

one of the great things about doing WRP in our area is the quality of the WRP staff.  they are very willing to work with landowners.  my interest was long term bang for the buck.  the WRP staff had the same goal and wanted to maintain some of the existing features that were built 12 years ago.  the resulting compromise will be a long lasting, highly productive habitat for the ducks.  and...........yes, some stellar waterfowling.

here's a pic of the diversion work

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 Posted 7/12/2013 2:43:17 PM
 

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Nice!
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 Posted 7/12/2013 6:06:40 PM
 

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The work is simply never done up there, is it? Keep those pictures coming as it gets up and running. I expect Sage will have his work cut out for him up there this season!

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 Posted 7/12/2013 8:31:52 PM
 

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The work is simply never done up there, is it? Keep those pictures coming as it gets up and running. I expect Sage will have his work cut out for him up there this season!


you can never have too many spots to hunt.  :)

I really like this design.  it takes a previously productive habitat that no longer is....and will guarantee plenty of new ducks in the air in the springtime.

"remodeling" the old embankments with clay core.

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 Posted 7/13/2013 10:22:21 AM
 

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you can never have too many spots to hunt.  :)



So very true!!!  Thanks for the pics, Swamper.  Always enjoy your updates!
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 Posted 7/17/2013 10:03:10 PM
 

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i love reading about new swamperland projects. Makes me dream of one day will I'll be able to do my own. Keep on with the updates ed!

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here's a video clip of the impoundment.  difficult to get a real feel for the size and layout.  but for the most part you can see the berms that encompass the impoundment. water to fill it comes gravity fed down a 450 feet ditch I dug from a water source from higher elevation (obviously).  at the connection from the ditch to the feeder stream I bury a pipe in the bank between the ditch and the stream.  all I do is turn the 90 degree bend down into the water to charge the pipe and let it flow down to fill the impoundment.  when I want to shut the water down, I turn the 90 back up.  the impoundment elevation is controlled by a outlet structure that has weir plates in it that can be removed or added, depending on what elevation I want the water to be in the impoundment.  the picture of the stream pipe is not a completed installation.  I actually added another 10 feet of pipe on the ditch side and buried that also to have a solid bank in case the creek rises during snow melt or heavy rain.  also a picture of a portion of the feeder stream we dug. 

finished up today.  seeded the berms and got some millet planted in the fresh soil.  note that some of the original bottom within the impoundment was not disturbed as it had some good natural wetland vegetation.

http://youtu.be/zpU4KS6LGQs

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 Posted 8/9/2013 9:13:21 PM
 

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Looks good. When should it be done?
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It's done. Millet is growing.   Will be ready for the opener.  

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 Posted 8/10/2013 2:39:16 PM
 

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Awsome good luck this year.
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