The benefits of the wetlands are many and great--- including reduced pollution runoff that would have wound its way through the Mississippi River and eventually contributed to the hypoxic "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico to the return of waterfowl species and the economic revival that hunting and small businesses around the preserve provide to the local community.
Recently, Emiquon Preserve was designated a Wetland of International Significance under the Ramsar Convention, as noted by Mark Tercek, CEO, The Nature Conservancy. This vital conservation program now serves as a model for other important watershed restoration programs around the world.
Monitoring stations are equipped with YSI 6600 sondes that measure water depth, temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and turbidity. Additionally, a YSI meteorological suite measures wind speed and direction, solar radiation, and rainfall and a YSI EcoNet Data Acquisition System telemeters all these data, in real-time, back to the researchers and scientists working on this project.
Large-scale Wetlands Restoration Project Recognized
The Emiquon Preserve, one of the largest floodplain restoration projects in the United States, is putting nature back in balance. Located in the Upper Mississippi River system, Emiquon was, until very recently, a vast expanse of plowed fields and rotating crops in the country's farming heartland. Beginning in 2007, The Nature Conservancy began to restore Emiquon from agricultural land to floodplain wetlands.