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The sun sets Thursday night on a flock of geese in a wetlands area near Bridgewater. (Sean Ryan/The Daily Republic)

Scientist finds vast areas of prairie being drained, warns of consequences

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By Kevin Woster

For the Daily Republic

The prairie pothole region of the eastern Dakotas is losing wetlands at a rate up to 15,000 acres a year, according to research that raises questions about the impacts of expanded row-crop production on wildlife and water quality.

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