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Kansas wetlands conditions the worst in two decades

BY MICHAEL PEARCE

In their prime, Kansas’ two legendary wetlands are about as good as any in the world.
Each has thousands of acres of shallow water intermixed with lush marsh plants, making them the favored resting places for millions of migrating birds every fall.
But the Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge are currently about as far from prime as possible.
Cheyenne Bottoms is all but dry, with cracks crisscrossing broad expanses of exposed dirt, looking like miles of spiderwebs.
Only about a combined acre’s worth of stagnant puddles remain.
At Quivira, white salt storms form as the ...


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