Drones are a wonderful technology for seeing your property. These drone photos (thanks to David Ekstrom at our sister publication Successful Farming) show the vast amount of water already backing up into our wetlands.
Half of my family's 400-acre farm is enrolled in the USDA Conservation Reserve Program for the next 10 years. We haven't done any dirt work on berms yet, but beavers built a dam in the ditch and have backed up water in the wetlands. Here are before and after photos to compare the property in July and on November 30.
This is looking south. The area to the south of the east-west ditch will be wetlands in 2017.
The beaver dam is on the left.
This is looking north. The field flooding north of the ditch is not all in the wetlands area, unfortunately.