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Proposed Harlan County Reservoir project could enhance sport fishing opportunities

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is assisting the United States Army Corps of Engineer’s Kansas City District Office to determine the feasibility of a project to enhance sport fish populations at Harlan County Reservoir.

Although the water level is at a record high at Harlan right now, during summers with typical moisture, important fish habitats in some coves and bays become isolated from the main lake. The project would improve fish passage in and out of isolated coves during the late summer when water levels drop. The project would be funded by the Nebraska Game and Parks Aquatic Habitat Program and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1135 Ecosystem Restoration Program.

A 30-day public notice period begins July 22. Those who wish to learn more about the project can visit http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Media/Public-Notices/Planning-Public-Notices. Those who wish to submit comments can email Laura Totten at Laura.A.Totten@usace.army.mil. Comments must be submitted on or before Aug. 20.

The Aquatic Habitat Program aims to conserve important aquatic species and improve fishing and boating conditions at lakes and reservoirs across Nebraska. For more information about this program, contact Mark Porath at mark.porath@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5583.

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