Jamestown Wildlife Area

Project Description

Schwab Eaton provided engineering services to Ducks Unlimited and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) for several projects at the Jamestown Wildlife Area, located in North-Central Kansas. The wildlife area encompasses approximately 2,250 acres including multiple marshes and wetland areas. Schwab Eaton prepared a feasibility study detailing various improvements within and around the Gun Club marsh. The improvements, including multiple spillways and water control structures, would provide KDWP staff with enhanced management capabilities of both water and habitat resources.

Following the study phase, Schwab Eaton was retained to assist with the significant permitting requirements, complete construction drawings, and provide construction support services. Improvements to the area include an 8,000 linear foot separation berm that subdivides one of the marsh pools, a new concrete dam approximately 12’ high by 300’ long which created a new 300-acre marsh creek pool, a new 14-acre mitigation marsh, and improvements to several existing dams at the Gun Club and Game Keeper marshes. A new 200-acre shallow water marsh is planned for the north side of Buffalo Creek. These improvements have allowed the KDWP to better manage the area’s water resources, improved wildlife habitat, enhanced hunting opportunities for the public, and ultimately lengthened the life of this unique and critical marsh complex.

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