The project began because the UWRF Ducks Unlimited Club was interested in doing some work on campus that would benefit waterfowl. The club noticed a pond was in need of maintenance, including cleaning the dikes of brush and trees and repairing a leak in the dike. Students met with UWRF Facilities Management, which permitted the club to proceed in cleaning up the pond.
The Ducks Unlimited Seminar Project team, which led the pond project, was able to rent equipment from a local retailer to cut and remove brush, along with landscaping the dike. The team cleaned up the pond and removed the brush from the site. The team also bought a wetland mix of seed, temporary erosion control mats, and permanent erosion control mats. The pond is now in a condition such that it only requires ordinary care by UWRF grounds-keepers.
The Ducks Unlimited Pond Rehabilitation project offered Agricultural Engineering Technology student the rare opportunity to put skills that they learned in class to work. Some skills required for this project included surveying with a Total Station instrument, performing design work in Autodesk AutoCAD software and calculating the amount of seed needed for the pond and dike. Hands-on work experience like this can lead to careers in many areas like the Natural Resources Conservation Service and other environmental working groups.