Cheyenne starts long recovery

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Jul 20, 2006
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Work crews at the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area have begun the process of returning the world-class wetland to normal.

Last summer, Cheyenne Bottoms was flooded to its largest area since the 1920s. Many miles of dikes, roads and control structures were washed out or severely damaged.

"Right now we're getting the roads ready for the big trucks that will haul in dirt and rip-rap," said Karl Grover, area manager. "We're trying to get prepared to make the repairs."

It could take years to finish.

Though water was plentiful last fall, food for waterfowl and access for hunters was so poor, the overall harvest was a tiny fraction of the 2006 season.

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