McPherson Valley Wetlands Restoration
Farland Lake, KS
Collaboration between BG Consultants, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism, and Ducks Unlimited enabled the restoration of former wetland areas in central Kansas. In the Big Basin, Farland Lake, and Chain of Lakes areas, wetlands improvements occurred from cultivated ground to waterfowl havens. This restoration was facilitated by the construction of levees and water control structures to capture water during high flows. The project provides a habitat for wetland-dependent birds, amphibians, and reptiles. The restored wetlands maintain high-quality habitat and hunting opportunities for migrating waterfowl.
Units 2 and 3 of the Farland Lake/Little Sinkhole Wetlands were improved to restore historic wetlands along the McPherson Valley. The project restored hydrology to reflect the vast wetland system of the past. Pump stations were installed to assure fall flooding. Restoration was done with a series of pumps and flap gates used to move water to strategic locations throughout the wetlands.
The Phase V project purchased 300 wetland acres and completely restored 695 acres of wetlands. Restoration was done with a series of pumps and flap gates used to move water to strategic locations throughout the wetlands. BG Consultants’ services included design oversight, permitting (including hydraulic analysis of proposed improvements), and construction observation management during Phases IV & V.