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Open house for new stream section is Tuesday

The public will have an opportunity to view the new stream section on Dry Spotted Tail Creek on Sept. 10. (Photo by Matt Loomis)

MITCHELL, Neb. — The Dry Spotted Tail Creek partner group is inviting the public to view the newly completed stream section at the Platte River Basin Environments property west of Mitchell. The area will be open from 5:30-7:30 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Anyone interested in supporting conservation efforts is encouraged to attend and visit about the project with representatives from PRBE, Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The open house is celebrating the completion of the first phase of construction. The second and final phase is scheduled for 2020.

Organizers said the family-friendly event is open to all ages, and attendees should bring footwear appropriate for walking along the stream to see its features. The stream’s design is intended to improve habitat for rainbow trout and a variety of wetland wildlife species.

The site is one-half mile west of Mitchell on County Road E, or 1 mile west of Mitchell on U.S. Highway 26 and then south on Road 13. Temporary signs will direct visitors to the parking area.

The partner group and a variety of other sources are funding the project. They include the Nebraska Environmental Trust, North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Trout Unlimited Embrace-a-Stream and Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration.

About Justin Haag

Justin Haag has served the Commission as a public information officer in the Panhandle since 2013. His duties include serving as regional editor for NEBRASKAland Magazine. Haag was raised in southwestern Nebraska, where he developed a love for fishing, hunting and other outdoor pursuits. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Chadron State College in 1996, he worked four years as an editor and reporter at newspapers in Chadron and McCook. Prior to joining the Commission in 2013, he worked 12 years as a communicator at Chadron State, serving as the institution’s media and public relations coordinator the last five. He and his wife, Cricket, live in Chadron, and have two children.

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