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Contributed photo Volunteers of the Chain of Lakes Ducks Unlimited chapter recently toured a wetland project on Jennie Lake near Brandon.

Pumping begins on Jennie Lake

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With help from Ducks Unlimited (DU) and other funding partners, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun to enhance Jennie Lake south of Brandon.

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Using a pump structure designed, engineered and installed by DU, this large wetland rehabilitation project is finally under way. Power was connected recently to the electric pump and pumping started.

DU volunteers from the Chain of Lakes DU Chapter in Alexandria had an opportunity to tour the new wetland project.

"I can't wait to come back to see the re-growth of the bullrush and cattails that will make this a better wetland," said Bill Januszewski, area DU chairman.

Jennie Lake will go through a temporary drawdown over the next year or two as pumping is conducted by the DNR, which manages the basin as a "designated wildlife lake."

Temporarily lowering water levels will help clear the wetland basin of undesirable fish and initiate the re-growth of the aquatic plants and invertebrates, according to the DNR.

The rejuvenated aquatic ecology of the basin is expected to improve and maintain water quality as well.

In addition to DU, funding for the project was provided by the DNR, Viking Sportsmen, Pioneer Heritage Conservation Trust, Chippewa River Watershed Improvement Project, a state grant to DU from the Outdoor Heritage Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council, and a federal North American Wetlands Conservation Act grant.

The project is part of DU's Living Lakes Initiative.

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