A flood-control project in northwestern Minnesota is having a benefit that water managers never anticipated.
The Grand Forks Herald reports the four-square mile Agassiz Valley Water Resource Management Project has become a haven for birds -- and the people who watch them.
The impoundment is designed to control the flow of water from the Snake River during flooding. It can store more than 10,000 acre-feet of water during floods and holds about 800 acre-feet during normal water levels in pools ranging from 3 feet to 40 feet deep.
The wetland soon will be the newest stop on the Pine to Prairie International Birding Trail. The trail markets more than 45 bird-watching destinations from Warroad to Fergus Falls in northwestern Minnesota and extends northward into Manitoba.