Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: South Dakota
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

South Dakota Project


Quantifying restorable wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region of Eastern South Dakota

July 2021 - June 2025


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • Prairie Pothole Joint Venture
  • SDGFP
  • NRCS

Wetland loss in South Dakota has been substantial where an estimated 35% of historic wetlands have been lost primarily to agricultural conversion which continues today. These land-use changes have resulted in reduced wetland habitat for wildlife and loss of other ecosystem services. Wetland conservation and restoration contribute to improved watershed functions through providing both water quantity benefits in terms of flood attenuation and water quality benefits such as retention of sediment and nutrients. Potentially restorable wetland basins remain unmapped today limiting voluntary conservation opportunities. Our goal is to identify the location and type of wetlands in South Dakota with altered hydrology to inform voluntary and incentive-based wetland restoration opportunities and develop an application for project partners to encourage targeted use of these data.

Presentations Presentation Date
Kucia, S.R., O.P. McKenna, and J.D. Stafford. 2024. Targeted Wetland Restoration to Maximize Breeding Waterfowl Habitat in Eastern South Dakota. Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Sioux Falls, SD. January 2024
Kucia, S.R., O.P. McKenna, and J.D. Stafford. 2024. Targeted Wetland Restoration to Maximize Breeding Waterfowl Habitat in Eastern South Dakota. 9th North American Duck Symposium, Portland, OR. February 2024