Wetland project in Rock County to be featured on wetland tour
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:53
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Rock County rancher Roy Stewart are inviting the public to tour a wetland restoration project on his property Nov. 6 from 11 AM - 12:30 PM. NRCS Area Engineer Bob Atkeson said this project is special and something to be proud of.
"Roy worked long and hard with NRCS and our partnering agencies to get this wetland restoration just right. He deserves credit for sticking with the process to create a wetland on his property that went above and beyond a typical wetland restoration," Atkeson said.
Stewart first approached NRCS about assistance with restoring the wet meadows on his ranch. When the meandering streams in the south fork of the Elkhorn River were straightened, the water started to flow faster. This increased speed caused the channels to cut deeper. When the channels became deeper, this drained the shallow ground water, causing the wet meadows to no longer be as wet as they used to. This caused Stewart's hay production to drop significantly.
NRCS engineers worked with Stewart to develop a wetland restoration plan that would reduce the erosion of the channels flowing through his ranch. Atkeson said, "Several grade stabilization and stream restoration techniques were used in this project to restore hydrology to the sub-irrigated meadows on the Stewart Hereford Ranch."
This restoration has helped the Elkhorn River and wet meadows once again function together as a healthy system. Atkeson said, "This project is unique since it occurs along a stream channel. Other producers in the area who have lost hay land production may be interested in coming to see how Roy's project works."
The tour is free and open to the public. Meet at the site six miles south of Newport, Neb., on county road 875 at 11 AM. Contact Bob Atkeson at the O'Neill NRCS field office at (402) 336-3796 ext. 3 for more information.
Kiddie Parade this Friday at 4
Monday, 27 October 2014 10:33
The Valentine Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Halloween Kiddie Parade this Friday at 4pm. The parade will begin at the Bull Market Beer and Grill and head north on Main Street to the corner of 4th and Main. Participants should gather at Bull Market, by 3:45 to prepare for the event. Kids are invited to gather around the Justice Center area for fun games and activities after the parade. Dozer's Games will be on hand to let the little ghosts and goblins try their hand a video games. Merchants are also encouraged to prepare for trick or treaters after the parade.