Water Control Structure Choice for Wetland Restoration/Creation

by Roger C. Smith,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: North American Water and Environment Congress & Destructive Water


Ducks Unlimited is a non-profit conservation organization, whose mission is to fulfil the annual life cycle needs of North American waterfowl by protecting, enhancing, restoring, and managing, wetlands and associated uplands. The Great Plains Regional Office, located in Bismarck, North Dakota, has designed and constructed over 300 projects where wetland restoration or creation has required water control structures. Water control structure design is governed by the hydrologic model, hydraulic requirements, biological management needs, economic constraints, and required corrosion protection. Case studies of existing projects, chosen for their variety, are presented as a review of the decision process required for water control structure design.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic structures | Structural control | Wetlands (fresh water) | Water conservation | Hydraulic design | Historic preservation | Ecological restoration | United States | North Dakota | Florida

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