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Wetland Creation & Enhancement

restored wetland


Photo: Chad Switzer, SD Game, Fish & Parks

This practice is intended to assist landowners in developing livestock water while, at the same time, provide shallow water areas for wildlife, particularly breeding waterfowl.Consideration will also be given to existing small dams that need repair to salvage the integrity of the embankment or spillway. Such ponds will usually have dams less than 15 feet high and water depths of 10 to 12 feet in the borrow area near the embankment. Deep dams designed primarily for fishery purposes are not a priority.

Preferred sites will have a high proportion of shallow water and be surrounded by well managed nesting cover (native rangeland, pasture or CRP). Important considerations in selecting a project site include:  watershed size, acres of water created, cost, surrounding land use, and spillway sites not susceptible to erosion. Cost share provided by SD GF&P for embankment ponds is 2/3 of construction cost.

Dugouts, excavations in natural wetlands, wildlife watering holes, waterways, bank stabilization, or ponds designed to manage runoff from livestock feeding areas are not eligible.

SD GFP Habitat Biologists will survey, design and stake projects for construction, while assisting the landowner in obtaining all required permits.

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