August 2011 Progress Report: Units A and B Renovation
Current Conditions and Progress
Conditions were extremely dry at the end of July when the dirt work began in Units A and B. It was great to get things moving forward. Over the last few weeks, the isolated thunderstorms have knocked the dust back down and allowed the soil to pick up some much needed moisture. Throughout the month, the contractors have worked on reconfiguring the levees and water delivery system in Units A and B and have made good progress. Cross-levees and their adjacent borrow areas have been flattened. Scours have been cut in the interior of the pools and broad contour levees have been built along the natural grade of the land.
They will continue to work on Units A and B over the next couple months as long as the weather holds. Hopefully, they can finish up before conditions become too wet later this fall. As we mentioned before, the electricity will have to be redone and hooked back up to the wells after the dirt work is done. This is slated to be done next summer.
Renovation work on Duck Creek has been discussed for at least 20 years. Here at the office, we’ve found plans from 1993. It is an exciting time to finally see the work being put on the ground. We will be able to manage our water more efficiently as we put it into the pools and take it off land. We won’t have to flood areas too deep (Blinds 16 and 15) and will be able to flood other areas that have been too high and dry in the past (northwest corner of Unit A). Additionally, we will be able to extend the amount of flooded ground to the west in Unit B. In locations where the old goose pit blinds 37, 52, and 54 used to be, we will be able to flood on a seasonal basis because of two additional wells. Additionally, we will be in a better position to capture rainfall and water coming in from the surrounding watershed.
This old house
I think of this effort much like a house renovation. You typically don’t make a cabin into a mansion, but you work with the space you have and focus on the nagging problems that have haunted the structure for years. When it is all said and done, we will be able add a few additional hunting positions, but the real difference will be in the quality of habitat that we will be able to provide on a seasonal basis, along with the reduction of maintenance and repair costs during flood events.
Thank you for the opportunity and your patience to put these plans on the ground in Units A and B, along with the rest of the work at Duck Creek.