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Oasis south of Odessa

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Oasis south of Odessa

Shallow water area for wildlife 15 years after planting. Tail-water pond seen in the background.

Shallow water area for wildlife 15 years after planting. Tail-water pond seen in the background.

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 Lincoln County, near Odessa

Project Summary icon
Tail-water recovery pond benefiting wildlife habitat

Conservation Partners icon
Lee Jasman, agricultural producer, Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Resource Challenges icon
Limited food, water and cover for wildlife in 9-inch precipitation area of southwestern Lincoln County.

Conservation Program Used icon
The Conservation Reserve Program administered by FSA, along with Conservation Technical Assistance provided by NRCS, was used in creating the wildlife area.  A shallow water area for wildlife practice was implemented to reshape existing irrigation tail-water recovery pond into an improved wildlife habitat area with over 600 plants of ten different suitable species for cover and shade.

Innovations and Highlights icon
Lee envisioned more than just a barren pond to recover irrigation runoff for reuse.  Lee was interested in improving his irrigation system with upgrades and applying irrigation water management to increase efficiencies.  The extra bonus is increasing wildlife habitat and beautifying access to his farm.

Results and Accomplishments icon
For the last 15 years he has maintained a little oasis for wildlife on his farm south of Odessa. He has been surprised with the diversity of wildlife using the area.  As expected are numerous birds, deer, and other mammals, but he was surprising to see the turtles and frogs that moved in. He maintains the area by periodic pruning, spot spraying, and minor pond shaping.

Contact icon
Jerry Robeson, Soil Conservationist Technician, (509) 725-4501 ext.113

NRCS, Spring 2008