Wham Break Project

Historically Wham Brake flooded during the winter and gradually drained during the summer, producing important plant and invertebrate forage for waterbirds.  The brake was altered in the 1950s to function as a waste water storage facility for a paper mill.  This alteration eliminated the historical flooding frequency of this area and held water at a deep perennial pool stage.  Completion of this project will allow us to better manage this 3,600 wetland by mimicking natural drawdowns and flooding and greatly increase waterfowl forage production.  This area provides many public recreational opportunities, both consumptive and non-consumptive uses ranging from birdwatching, fishing, and hunting.