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By Terri A. Rorke

Walla Walla — Home on the Zumwalt Prairie is almost restored thanks to an aquatic ecosystem restoration project conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Walla Walla District and its cost-share partner, the Nature Conservancy.

The $1.3 million project allowed the cost-share partners to remove small earthen dams in the headwaters of Camp Creek on the 33,000-acre Zumwalt Prairie Preserve to restore that portion of the creek to a more natural, flowing state.

As the Corps' cost-share partner, the Nature Conservancy provided 35 percent of the cost of the project and is currently reestablishing native riparian vegetation with an expected completion date of Nov. 2010.

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