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12 TUESDAY, MARCH 10 - THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009 Cape Gazette Q State, Inland Bays partner on marsh restoration By Leah Hoenen leah@capegazette.com burrowing crabs in between tides. Visitors to James Farm will be able to see more wildlife in the area, watching it from viewing platforms, he said. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) mosquito control section is providing staff and specialized equipment to help alter the marshscape. Program administrator Bill Meredith said, "We spend a lot of time, probably more time than any other agency in the state, working in wetlands." He said the program was anxious to lend a hand. "This is also a chance for us to take care of mosquito production problems on the site by reducing or eliminating breeding grounds. We jump at every chance we can get to reduce the use of insecti- cides," Meredith said. Reducing mosquito breeding reduces the need for chemicals, he said. The ditches were put in place to control mosquito reproduc- tion, but they often drained the marsh unnecessarily, Meredith said. He said in some areas engi- neers defeated their purpose when they laid out grids of ditch- es and sent people to dig them in the 1930s. That's because just 10 percent of the area in the marsh allows A new landscape is taking form in the salt marsh at the ]ames Farm Ecological Preserve, where marsh restoration is un- der way and a more natural, more productive salt marsh is emerging from marshlands once scored by grids of parallel ditch- es. The Center for the Inland Bays, which manages lames Farm, has partnered with state and federal agencies, Conectiv Energy and others to restore 24 acres of salt marsh at Slough's Gut. Restoring the natural flow of water through the marsh will create a habitat for fish and crabs and expand feeding areas for wading birds, said E.I. Chalabala, restoration coordinator for the Center for the Inland Bays. Eric Buehl, habitat coordinator for the center, said the enhanced marsh will be much more like a natural marsh, with meandering channels and ponds. ' curved channel can have double the shoreline and bottom area of a straight channel," he said, pro- viding more habitat area. Addi- tional habitat is what fish and crabs need to thrive. More small fish and crabs will draw in more birds, said Buehl, some seeking SUBMITTED PHOTO A MARSH ENHANCEMENT PROJECT is under way on Slough's Gut on Indian River Bay at the James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View. "When completed, the pools and channels will provide habitat for fish and crabs, and feeding areas for wading birds, more like what a natural or unaltered marsh does," said EJ. Chalabala, restoration coordinator for the Center for the In- land Bays. COME AND DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY! INTRODUCTION TO Ballroom & Latin Dancing Classes  Jot q.u) Learn how to: Swing . Cha Cha Tango Waltz Fox Trot Rumba Salsa Call for more info & to sign up 484.432-8867 mosquitoes to lay and hatch eggs, and a lot of the area drained did not include prime breeding grounds. "Most of the public thinks if you have standing water, you will always have mosquito production. But, a female salt marsh mosquito will only lay eggs in moist mud; she won't lay them in standing water:' he said. The eggs need several days in se- nil-moist mud, then hatch when tides or rain flood them, he said. Ponds are a good thing in the marshes because their water lev- els remain fairly stable, said Meredith. The project is part of a com- pensation project related to a 2000 fuel oil spill from the Indi- an River power plant, owned at that time by Delmarva Power. The company proposed the proj- ect several years ago, and its affil- iate, Conectiv Energy, provided assistance to Delmarva Power in satisfying its obligation to clean up and compensate for that spill, said the Center for the Inland Bays. Call MeTo Open A State FarmiRA Before April 15. A State Farm IRA is a great way to invest in your future and it could save you money at tax time. Contact me today to learn about an IRA and the many funding options available. Jeanine O'Donnell State Farm Agent Lewes, DE 19958 Bus: 302-644-3276 Tell Free: 877-644-3276 wvwv.lewesinsurance.com Mon-Fri 8:30am to 6:00pm Evenings & Saturdays by Appointment P076002 12/07 State Farm Home Office: Bloomington. IL i] I a ,!i Dover, aware 200e OAMON will the year 00Bmqtt