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Bowman-Haley Watershed Project
in Southwestern North Dakota
   An EPA Section 319 Project   
Funding Partners

41 Private Landowners
Environmental Protection Agency
Ducks Unlimited
U.S. Corps of Engineers
North Dakota Game and Fish Department
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Bowman-Haley Watershed map

Accomplishments

  • newly created 2-acre wetland after installation of a small earthen damCreated 40 wetlands - 164 acres
  • Enhanced 10 miles of instream/riparian habitat
  • Restored water quality to watershed
  • Installed 25 permanent waterfowl nest structures
  • Developed a 420-acre CRP grazing demonstration site
  • Winner of the North Dakota State University Extension Award for Program Excellence
  • 20 to 30-year Wildlife Extension Agreements


Sample Project

Project location mapRiparian Upland Restoration
Bowman County, North Dakota

Objectives

  • Restore 2 miles of Little Missouri riparian upland habitat - 76 acres
  • Establish a demonstration site for promoting riparian restoration with other landowners
  • Wildlife Extension Agreement for 20 years

  

Riparian shoreline photo showing regrown grasses Riparian shoreline photo
Close-up view of vegetation response. Young willows and sedges predominate. Small cottonwood trees retain their leaves without grazing pressure. Compare with the overgrazed area across the river, which is very similar to the project site before restoration took place. Response of idled riparian habitat less than one year after prohibiting livestock use. Compare this site with the overgrazed area downstream and across the river, which is very similar to the project site before restoration took place.
Idled riparian habitat located to the right of the fence exhibits phenomenal response in comparison to the overgrazed area to the left of the fence. Note the difference in leaf cover on cottonwoods between idled and overgrazed areas. Managed grazing would depict a much different scene. The fence seen here was already in place for wintering cattle. North Dakota Partners for Fish and Wildlife provided new fencing to repair weak points and to close the area from livestock use. Photo showing both sides of a fenceline - grazed and not grazed

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