Wetland Reconstruction Completed At Matsell
Thanks to a $36,000 North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant, wetland reconstruction and enhancement work was completed at Matsell Bridge Natural Area. 5 very low dikes were constructed along with 4 water control structures to enhance the water capacity of the wetlands and to be able to manipulate water levels. An inlet was created to an existing permanent stream to allow fresh water to enter the system. This project enhanced an existing 9 acres permanent emergent wetland and created an additional 17.5 acres of wetland. This project greatly enhanced wetland habitat for waterfowl, amphibians, and the endangered Blanding’s turtle which exists in the area. The project also benefits the area water quality by both filtering and storing water before it reaches the Wapsipinicon River.