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Manufactured wetland taking shape in pasture beside Highway 140, Lost River
Tuesday May 3, 2005
A parcel of land that served
for years as a cattle pasture near Olene will soon
be home to endangered suckers, thanks to a wetland
replacement project being carried out by the Oregon
Department of Transportation.
For now, they are leaving a
berm to keep the river's water out. Once the berm is
breached, they will set out bulrushes transplanted
from Klamath Wildlife Area at Miller Island.
"The whole thing should be a
good wetland," Cowie said.
Cowie said the bulrush patch
along 140 represents a shift in how ODOT does
mitigation. Previously, mitigation was done with a
small wetland project for each construction job.
"It will really save the state a lot of money and create a productive wetland," Cowie said.
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