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Argenta Marsh – Wetlands Restoration Project
One of the most exciting potential wetland restoration projects in Nevada and maybe in the western U.S. is located on the Humboldt River in Northern Lander County.   The area is known as Argenta Marsh (also called “Community Pasture”) is situated on the Humboldt flood plain immediately adjacent to the small community of Battle Mountain.  The area is part of the Humboldt project and is owned by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and leased to the Pershing County Water Conservation District (PCWCD).

Bayou La Branche Wetlands Restoration
When the powerful forces of prolonged development and natural disaster strike fragile wetlands, the effect is devastating. But today in southeastern Louisiana, man is working to restore what was once lost. Through the Bayou La Branche Wetlands Restoration Project, dredged sediment has been used to restore deteriorated wetlands in a 436-acre, open-water pond in St. Charles Parish.

Behemoth Wetland Restorations
Case Studies and Lessons Learned – A Workshop sponsored by the Society of Wetland Scientists, South Atlantic Chapter

Bolsa Chica Wetland Restoration Project
Through the combined efforts of eight state and federal resources agencies, approximately 880 acres of the Bolsa Chica Lowlands in Orange Country were acquired in February 1997 from the Signal Bolsa Corporation.  The eight state and federal agencies are now proceeding with the planning and environmental compliance processes which will be necessary in order to design and obtain regulatory permits for the Bolsa Chica Wetlands Restoration Project.  The purpose of the Project will be to provide for the most ecologically appropriate restoration of the wetlands in the lowlands.

Buck Island Ranch Wetland Restoration
The WRP sites are on two locations at Buck Island Ranch: one in the East Marsh North, and one in the West 770 pasture.  The East Marsh site consists of a mosaic of native and semi-native communities including: depressional sawgrass and other herbaceous marshes, wet prairies, upland savanna, hardwood hammock, calcareous wetland ecotones, and a willow swamp.  The West 770 site consists of a mixture of wet prairie and bahia grass communities with a few scattered swamp trees.  This site was historically mostly a bayhead swamp community, but the swamp trees were removed at various stages during the period from 1940-1980.

California Wetland Restoration Projects
CERES and the California Wetlands Information System are programs of the California Resources Agency. This Wetlands Information System is designed to provide comprehensive wetlands information to the general public, the educational community, and government agencies. It is a compilation of public and private sector information, including maps, environmental documents, agency roles in wetlands management, restoration and mitigation activities, regulatory permitting, and wetland policies.

Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan
To restore and preserve this American treasure, enhance water supplies, and maintain flood protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in partnership with the South Florida Water Management District and numerous other federal, state, local and tribal partners, has developed a plan to save the Everglades.

Eden Again – Restoration of Iraq’s Southern Marshes
The Iraq Foundation is sponsoring a new project, Eden Again, for the restoration of the southern marshes which were the target of a campaign by the Iraqi government in the early to mid nineties. The environmental and military campaign desiccated the marshlands, destroyed the environment, burnt villages, and drove hundreds of thousands of the indigenous ma’dan population into external exile or internal displacement. This project is significant for its human, environmental and historical impact.

Emiquon Wetland Restoration Project, Illinois
Emiquon, an hour south of Peoria on the Illinois River, is one of the largest floodplain restoration projects in the country outside the Florida Everglades. It is the premiere demonstration site for The Nature Conservancy’s work on the Illinois River and within the Upper Mississippi River system and may ultimately help guide large floodplain river restoration efforts around the world.

Grassy Point Wetland Restoration
Grassy Point is an area of over 100 acres of wetland and shallow open water habitat located in the St. Louis River Estuary in Duluth, Minnesota just off the westernmost point of Lake Superior. This wetland complex, which includes shallow water with submergement and emergent plants, shrub swamp and even forested wetland types, is home to a wide variety of fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and other wildlife.

Johnson Ferry Wetlands Restoration
In a major initiative with the Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership (CWRP), the NPS and participating sponsors are implementing improvements to a wetland on the CRNRA. Johnson Ferry South, the site of the wetland restoration, starts at the southwest corner of the Johnson Ferry Road Bridge crossing of the Chattahoochee River.

Natural Land Institute
The Natural Land Institute is embarking on one of the most exciting protection and restoration initiatives in Illinois today. Few not-for-profit conservation organizations in the country are undertaking projects of the scope and scale of the 705-acre Carl and Myrna Nygren Wetland Preserve. The Institute is conducting this project in a manner consistent with its 46-year mission of protecting natural areas and biodiversity.

Sugar Loaf Cove Wetland Restoration
Wetlands have always been uncommon along the North Shore of Lake Superior—a result of the bedrock topography, the thin soil, and the scouring effect of storm waves. At Sugarloaf Cove the tombolo—the low area at the base of the hill—probably supported wetlands in the past. But it was also an area that Consolidated Papers needed to use for the pulpwood landing operation. The paper company added gravel fill to the tombolo to make it a level, dry area suitable for trucks and buildings. Even after the pulpwood landing shut down, few wetland plants were able to grow on the tombolo because the ground was covered by tightly-packed gravel with few nutrients and no low spots where water could collect.

The Wetlands Restoration Project
The Wetlands Restoration Project which took place between 1988 and 1991 at the Woodland Education Centre restored a number of freshwater aquatic habitats. Many years later, these habitats are well-established and support a wide range of plants and animals.  As a result, the restored Wetlands are regionally important for dragonflies and damselflies.  They are also a major amphibian breeding site and the Centre is used extensively for environmental education.

West Page Swamp Wetland Restoration Project
The goal of this project was to test the feasibility of using biosolids compost in combination with other residuals to accelerate revegetation and to limit the ecosystem impact of metals contaminated wetlands. If successful, this remediation strategy could be used in the approximately 25,000 ha of tailings-affected wetlands downstream of the mining area.

Windom Wetland Management District
Many restored wetlands are equipped with stop log structures that allow the manipulation of water levels. This manipulation permits us to control the summer drawdown of water levels in a way that provides optimum moist soil plant growth. Water levels are slowly increased in the fall to provide the desired mix of open water and mature flooded moist soil vegetation.

Winsberg Farm Wetland Restoration
Construct 175 acres of wetlands and the related equipment to irrigate wetlands with reclaimed water. Create additional green space for urban enjoyment and habitat for wildlife and native plants; efficiently re-use reclaimed water; provide opportunities for public recreation; and connect with the already-established 50-acre Wakodahatchee wetland.

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