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Creek restoration project near Mitchell open to the public Tuesday night

Creek restoration project near Mitchell open to the public Tuesday night
MGN Online

The Dry Spotted Tail Creek partner group is inviting the public to view the newly completed stream section at the Platte River Basin Environments property west of Mitchell.

The area will be open from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, and Bob Smith, the Platte River Basin Property Manager, says the completion of the first phase of the project returns the creek to a more natural state. “The channel coming off the main channel, the ditch going straight to the river, would be a winding channel of about 3/4 of a mile,” says Smith, “So it would give an opportunity for a lot better trout fishing and recreation for the public.”

A second and final phase of the project involving construction of a permanent water diversion structure will start in May of next year, diverting a majority of the water from the old ditch to the new channel.

Organizers said the family-friendly event is open to all ages, and attendees should bring footwear appropriate for walking along the stream to see its features.  The site is one-half mile west of Mitchell on County Road E, or 1 mile west of Mitchell on U.S. Highway 26 and then south on Road 13. Temporary signs will direct visitors to the parking area.

The partner group, including PRBE, Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission,  and a variety of other sources are funding the project. They include the Nebraska Environmental Trust, North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Trout Unlimited Embrace-a-Stream and Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration.

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