Bender, 40 years ago.....the jig was up 20 years ago. And back then, there were no L or M ponds, or any fresh water to speak of. Didn't matter where you hunted, your shot gun was rusted before sunrise. The few impoundments that were managed back then would be so packed with submergent vegetation by the end of summer, you couldn't see the water....By the end of August...yes August, migratory waterfowl had already cropped the growth to the roots. See, 40 years ago, the ducks started showing up in August (teal)and September (all species), and by christmas, what was comming had come.....back then season ended around January 1st. The guys from UWF are trying to help, but they no not where the finish line was, or how the course changed. Unfortunately, their primary objective is to maintain populations of ducks to shoot by modifying the habitat, not restoring it. IMO, their first mistake is believing there are enough historical waterfowl progeny that still winter there to sustain demand. Secondly, they know a serious attempt at restoration would devistate the hunting until nature righted the wrong.......next gereration type stuff....no gain there. Trying to have both (ducks and an impounded coastal marsh) is not possible for the long term. The evidence has presented itself over and over, worldwide.....the creation of impounments throughout the Indian and Bananna River systems sped up the time frame of succession.. Fifty years ago, the change (after impounment) was in a stage that attracted waterfowl. Today, the place, now in time, has moved forward and away from a ducky situation. Nature wants to grow forest behind those dikes, man wants a place to dump stormwater and a marsh to shoot ducks......you tell me who's gonna win. The only way to recreate what was is to tear down the dikes and walk away.........hunt somewhere else...have your great-great-grandkids check it out again in about 100 years.....then impound it again and wait.