Creating new habitat for threatened sturgeon, providing safe access to boaters and restoring a dying lake represent just a few of the conservation successes in Nebraska. A state with a long and proud outdoor heritage, Nebraska is working to expand fishing and hunting opportunities through a variety of projects aimed at restoring critical habitat and access.
Schilling Wildlife Management AreaThe Army Corps of Engineers created a chute, or side channel some 12,000 feet long to act as habitat for endangered pallid sturgeon.Completion of the chute has resulted in use by several hundred hunters annually as well as affording additional protection and habitat to many fish species in the Missouri and Platte Rivers.
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Lake Wanahoo Motor Boat Access Development and Quality EnhancementThe objective of this project was to provide safe motorboat access within the newly constructed 960 acre Lake Wanahoo reservoir, which provided much-needed boating and fishing opportunity in southeast Nebraska. The project included constructing a large breakwater dike, multiple smaller breakwaters and wave attenuation structures,which are expected to ensure safe boating access for anglers for at least 35 years.
Cottonmill LakeA shining example of what can be accomplished in restoring a lake,sediment in Cottonmill Lake was removed to increase the maximum depth of the lake from 4' to 23'. The project required that more than 150,000 cubic yards of sediment be removed and has been heralded as an overwhelming success fish and fishing are thriving in the lake.
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