Park service, corps to host open house for river update

Park service, corps to host open house for river update The National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (corps) will host an open house on April 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. to provide an update on the NPS' and Corps' management actions within the Missouri National Recreational River (MNRR).

The open house will be held at the VFW Hall at 206 East Main in Hartington, NE.

The MNRR extends from Fort Randall Dam to Lewis and Clark Lake (1991 legislation), then from Gavins Point Dam to Ponca, NE (1978 legislation). The NPS is the overall administrator for both river reaches; however the Corps of Engineers has co-management authority for the lower MNRR (Gavins Point-to-Ponca reach).

The legislation for the lower MNRR also included construction authority for the corps. To date, two recreational access areas (Riverside Park and Myron Grove) and two bank stabilization projects (Ponca State Park and Schmitt) have been built to protect values for which the river was designated.

Staff from both agencies will be in attendance to answer questions in an informal "open house" setting with regard to ongoing projects within the upper and lower MNRR. Poster presentations and staff will be available to discuss the following topics of interest:

* Construction Projects � Ponca Resource and Education Center; Ponca Aquatic Habitat Restoration; Demonstration Bank Stabilization.

* Real Estate Actions � Spirit Mound; Goat Island; Conservation Easements; Sloughing Easements.

* Management Actions � Canoe Trail; Lewis and Clark Bicentennial; Personal Watercraft Ban; Endangered Species Actions; Wildlife/Fisheries Studies; Vegetation Studies.

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