LINCOLN – An aquatic habitat project began this month at Valentine National Wildlife Refuge to address the lakes’ presence of common carp and their passage through water control structures.
Engineers designed improvements to the control structures below Watts, Hackberry, Dewey, Whitewater, Clear, Willow and Pelican lakes. These new structures are designed to limit upstream fish passage and help control high densities of carp in these lakes.
In addition, West Long Lake will have some earth fill added to the existing roadway berm. Channel clean-out between the lakes also will allow U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) personnel to manage water levels and fish populations more effectively.
There may be construction and construction equipment along the public roads and trails through next May. Road and trail closures may occur for short periods as the project progresses. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and USFWS appreciate the public’s patience during this project.
For more information, call Game and Parks’ Zac Brashears at 402-376-8080 or Mark Porath at 402-471-5583. For information on the project or the refuge, call Juancarlos Giese, refuge manager, at 402-376-1889 or visit: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/valentine.