$10.2 million aquatic ecosystem restoration project planned for Harlan County Lake, Nebraska


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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — On 17 May 2022, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission signed an agreement to begin aquatic ecosystem restoration design and construction work at Harlan County Lake, Nebraska, under Section 1135 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986.

The agencies have been working together over the past several years to determine feasibility and develop a conceptual design for this project. The signing of the PPA paves the way for the on-ground realization of this conceptual design effort.

The primary objectives of the project are to restore and protect degraded aquatic habitat by removing sediments that have blocked the entrance of Methodist Cove, create spawning and overwintering areas for a variety of aquatic organisms, and manage invasive vegetation.

The project will involve excavation and dredging sediment deposits to create fish passage and spawning areas, installation of breakwaters and rock groins to control erosion and sediment deposition, removal of invasive vegetation species such as salt cedar, and installation of artificial structures and/or vegetation to improve aquatic organism habitat.

Col. Travis Rayfield, commander, Kansas City District, signed the agreement for USACE and Patrick Cole, Budget and Fiscal Division Administrator, signed the agreement for the state of Nebraska.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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