Marsh Lake gets federal funding to move ahead with restoration project

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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, center, listens to DNR Regional Wildlife Manager Dave Trauba explain the $12.93 million project that will take place in 2016 and 2017 to restore Marsh Lake near Appleton, MN.
Marsh Lake has the largest pelican rookery in the nation.

A $12.9 million ecosystem renovation of Marsh Lake is moving ahead with the commitment of $7.59 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Saturday, Feb. 20, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar was in Appleton to meet with Minnesota Department of  (DNR) Resources officials who will lead the project.

At one time, Marsh Lake was a prime destination for duck hunters in the fall, and fishermen in both the summer and winter. But today it lacks the habitat that encourages ducks to stop and stay for awhile and its muddy waters favor carp, not game fish like walleye and northern pike.

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