About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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A Return to a Natural System
Hailstone Reservoir was historically a natural wetland. An earthen dam was constructed in 1939 by the Works Project Administration that increased this wetland to the 649-acre Hailstone Reservoir. Over the years salts accumulated in the reservoir and surrounding soil due to natural evaporation. In 2011, the earthen dam was removed to once again create a more natural flow through system.
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Last Updated: Jan 22, 2015