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

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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 …

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Trout in the Classroom application deadline is Aug. 31

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LINCOLN, Neb. – Applications are being accepted through Aug. 31 for Nebraska’s Trout in the Classroom program for the 2021-2022 school year. This program, sponsored by the Nebraska Environmental Trust and a Nebraska Trout Unlimited chapter, is for teachers interested in raising live fish in their classroom and using the tank in countless lesson plans and everyday activities. Teachers will receive training to get the program up and running. Scholarships are available. In this program, students learn about aquatic habitat, …

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Barriers

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What did the fish say when it ran into the concrete wall? Dam. I will let that sink in for a minute for some of you.  For the rest, let me talk about fish barriers.  You know, things like dams. There are thousands of barriers to fish movements on Nebraska rivers and streams.  Some of those barriers are natural, waterfalls or chutes.  Most are man-made and include a variety of major dams and smaller diversion structures.  Some are as small …

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Eutrophication

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It is been a while since I have ventured into hard-core science for one of my blog posts.  Time to do it again. You will notice the big word I used as the title of this post.  Unless you have had a limnology class or two, you may not have seen that word.  However, if you fish in Nebraska you need to know what it means and understand how it works. Let me explain. . . . All bodies of …

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Hopping and Squirming

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Last week I wrote a blog about all of the high water and flooding we have seen in the state this year and the many impacts that will have on our aquatic resources and fish populations (Water, water everywhere).  I am not going to re-hash that blog here, you can read it if you want to know the many negative, and positive benefits we will realize from all the water we have had this year. No, in this blog post …

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Water, water everywhere

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Without a doubt, this has been a wet year in Nebraska.  If you look at a map of precipitation since Jan. 1, most of the state is above average and parts of the state are well above average. The result of all of that water has been high water levels in rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, pits and ponds, and in fact many of those waterbodies have experienced flooding this year.  We all know that there have been some devastating consequences …

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Conestoga Rehabilitated

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I have blogged about the Aquatic Habitat Project coming to completion at Conestoga Reservoir.  If you can take a drive by there to see it, you really need to.  However, I want to blog about it again. . . . First of all, because we have some more drone footage from The Flatwater Group who were contracted as engineers on the project: Another thing I want to mention is that the Conestoga rehabilitation project has been the largest Aquatic Habitat …

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Conestoga, Finish Line in Sight!

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Our Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation project at Conestoga Reservoir west of Lincoln has taken a while to complete.  Ain’t no excuses for that, and in fact there is no reason to make excuses–it takes some time to move over a half-million cubic yards of sediment.  There literally are a couple of new hills that were created with all of that sediment. No, “mother nature” did not do us any favors as too much precipitation slowed progress on the project over and …

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A Lake, or a Stream, is Reflection of its Watershed

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We live in a land that has been greatly altered by man.  You can see that in most every habitat in the state.  Many of our rivers and streams have been very much altered.  In fact, I would bet that if you could jump in a time machine and travel back a couple of hundred years, you would not even recognize some Nebraska rivers and streams. Naturally, a pointy-headed fisheries biologist could recite a long list of changes that have …

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Fish Attractors

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As a fisheries biologist I have had a bit of learning about science, enough to know that I will never know very much.  Given some time I can reference reams of information on a variety of topics, some more than others, depending on how much interest a particular subject has received from pointy-headed fisheries biologists.  The subject of aquatic habitat rehabilitation is relatively new, and to brag a little bit, Nebraska has been on the cutting edge with our Aquatic …

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