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Update on East Verdigre Creek Restoration Project

By Bob Johnston

At this date, Mr Jeff Schuckman, Northeast Regional Biology Manager for Nebraska, has informed us that the required 404 permits for stream renovation have been received from the Army Corps of Engineers. Jeff has targeted the third week in March as the completion date for phase one of the program.

Our chapter's involvement in phase one is to trim 18 to 20 twenty foot, felled trees to be used as stream current revetments. However, heavy snow accumulations have put the project temporarily on hold. Plan B is to move the project to the first and/or second week in April.

The best we can do is to co-ordinate the movement as fluidly as possible, We will need volunteers ,with chain saws and the ability to keep their toes in tack, to help trim those trees felled by the NG&P staff. Every attempt will be made to schedule on a timely basis; for the convenience of our volunteers.

Phase two will take place later when volunteers will cut smaller cedar trees, 8-12 feet in length, to be used in current management in shorter runs of the creek.

One note of encouragement, Jeff has informed me his team electroshocked the creek and found a large number of brown trout throughout its reaches... much larger than expectations.  

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