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Iowa Mississippi River Valley

Implementing Organization

Iowa Department of Natural Resources


DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Funding Program

North American Wetlands Conservation Act NAWCA


Project Category


Project Actions

Land Acquisition/Protection

Targeted Resources

Birds/Bird Habitat

Project Description

This project will permanently protect 2,655 acres and enhance 517 acres in the floodplain of the Central Mississippi River in Iowa. The project area includes two National Wildlife Refuges and a Wetland of International Importance, both in an important migration corridor. Reclaiming wetland areas that have been converted to agriculture, this project is the first step in restoring part of the migratory habitat for Canvasback, Tundra Swan, Lesser Scaup, and other species. The grantee will manage existing flood control levees to provide dependable wetland habitat for birds.


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Project Partners

The Nature Conservancy, Private Landowners, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, Pheasants Forever Jackson County Chapter, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Waterfowl USA Quad Cities Chapter, Pheasants Forever Iowa State Council, Quad City Conservation Alliance

Affiliated Institutions

Acquire 2655 acres and restore 517 acres. 3172 acres impacted in total.

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