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Flooding the Town of Beaver
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In rehabilitating the flood-racked lands of the new Whitewater Wildlife Management Area, conservation workers elected to construct waterfowl ponds from the original channel of the river. To do that, they diverted the final three miles of the Whitewater to a newly dug channel.

Unfortunately, the channel filled with sediment and over time turned into a sandy, shallow ditch. Of almost no value to fish, it transported sediment to the Mississippi River, building a delta at the confluence of the streams.

Recently, the DNR devised a plan to restore the old channel while saving the waterfowl ponds.

"I guess we felt we could have our cake and eat it too," said Jon Cole, manager at Whitewater Wildlife Management Area.

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