North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

North Central U.S. Pond Numbers

Significant improvements in wetland numbers and conditions occurred in the U.S. prairies during 2009. The 2009 pond estimate for the north-central U.S. of 2.9 ± 0.1 million was 108% above last year's estimate (1.4 ± 0.07 million) and 87% above the long-term average (1.5 ± 0.02 million). Considerable precipitation in late spring 2008 and above-normal precipitation over the fall and winter recharged wetlands across the Dakotas and eastern Montana. Drier conditions were noted in western Montana and southeastern South Dakota.