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Shallow Water Development and Management

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Practice Code: 646
Reporting Unit: Number (Ac.)

The inundation of lands to provide habitat for fish and/or wildlife.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Provides habitat for waterfowl resting and feeding, and can also support reptiles, amphibians, and insects that serve as important food sources
  • Managed water and moisture levels promote natural food-producing herbaceous vegetation, or impede growth of undesired plant species
  • Promotes populations of invertebrates, a food source of waterfowl

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Web site.


This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Structure for Water Control (587)
Livestock Pipeline (516)
Pond (378)
Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management (644)

Additional Information

Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) - USDA NRCS New York
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) - USDA NRCS

Better Wetlands

NRCS Kansas and NRCS Idaho have teamed up to publish a booklet and accompanying web page named Better Wetlands, a guide to more than a dozen ideas to improve restored wetlands for wildlife and personal enjoyment. Through their generosity, NRCS New York has created it's own web version based on the material found in the original publication.

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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