Flooding the Town of Beaver
(pg 4 of 5)
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.