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Update, Wagon Train

Going to highlight another project in my blog today.  Aquatic Habitat maintenance work is coming at Wagon Train Reservoir south of Lincoln:

Aquatic habitat and sediment maintenance project to begin at Wagon Train Reservoir

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will lower the water level at Wagon Train Reservoir 8 feet in preparation for the maintenance of the sediment basins later this fall.

Visitors can expect the boat ramp and construction areas to be closed.

The reservoir has experienced the degrading effects of sedimentation and the nutrients that come with it. That combination partially has been responsible for blue-green algae blooms in recent years.

The project will reestablish the sediment dike capacity, which will improve its ability to capture future sediment. It also will include maintenance on existing angler access structures, replacing part of the concrete boat ramp and dock, construction of underwater shoals, placement of cedar tree habitat structures and renovation of the fishery. These enhancements will help improve the reservoir’s water quality and provide a better environment for aquatic vegetation and sport fish populations.

The previously authorized fish salvage remains in effect through June 4, 2022, with the following conditions: Licensed anglers may salvage fish of all species for human consumption by hook-and-line and archery during standard seasons. Length limits are rescinded, but daily bag limits are maintained.

Due to concerns for the spread of aquatic invasive species, salvaged fish cannot be stocked into either public or private water bodies.

Funding is being provided by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Aquatic Habitat and Angler Access Fund, the Nebraska Environmental Trust and Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration.

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Eric Fowler photo, Nebraskaland Magazine.

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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