FEATURED ACTIVITIES IN 2013
New Lower Platte River Data from the USGS!
The USGS, one of LPRCA's partners, has recently released some very interesting information about the lower Platte River.
Emergent Sandbar Dynamics in the Lower Platte River in Eastern Nebraska—Methods and Results of Pilot Study, 2011 - CLICK HERE
This report covers work done in 2011 as a pilot study for the expanded study that is on-going and now partially funded by a Nebraska Environmental Trust Grant. This study examines how the physical and biological dynamics of the lower Platte contribute to the provision of adequate sandbar habitat for piping plovers and interior least terns.
Lower Platte River Water-Quality Monitoring Network - CLICK HERE
This link provides users with up-to-date information about various water quality parameters from three different locations within the lower Platte River corridor.
LPRCA 2013 Kayak Tour
The 2013 LPRCA kayak tour has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st! The trip is expected to last from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and lunch will be provided.The itinerary for the day can be found on our Events page. Please be aware of the change of route!
This year we’ve scheduled the tour a few months earlier than usual with the hope that this date will allow us to take advantage of higher, spring-like river levels. Nonetheless, this event will be subject to adequate flows and weather conditions..
Please visit our Events Page for more details on the updated Tour route and itinerary!
LPRCA Public Opinion Survey
Lukas Partners recently completed a public opinion survey on behalf of LPRCA. The purpose of the survey was to assess the opinions and knowledge that residents of the corridor have concerning land management issues along and near the lower Platte River, what emerging concerns or issues are present among corridor communities, and the level of awareness residents have about LPRCA and its activities within the corridor.
To view the LPRCA Public Opinion Research Report prepared by Lukas Partners, click HERE!
Lower Platte River Summit
On October 18th the LPRCA hosted its biennial Summit which focused on current programs, projects, initiatives and other efforts happening within the lower Platte River Corridor. This year's Summit was held at the historic Fremont Opera House (541 North Broad St, Fremont, NE 68025) and featured a keynote presentation by renowned photographer and conservationist, Michael Forsberg. The day's events also included presentations from Chad Smith with Headwaters Corporation and Mark Pegg from UNL's School of Natural Resources. That afternoon, attendees were invited on a bus tour which featured numerous points of interest around the lower Platte River Corridor. Despite the WIND and rainy conditions, the day's events proceeded smoothly and everyone left with a much more broad understanding of the valuable resources that exist within the Corridor.
Lower Platte River Water Quality Open
The 15th annual LPRCA Water Quality Open was, once again, a success! Check out our Events page to view the 2012 Water Quality Open photo albums!
Platte River Water Trails Guide
The LPRCA has recently been working with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) and the National Forest Service to create a water trails guide for the lower Platte River. The Platte River is going to be used as an example to promote and provide a basis for future non-motorized water trails throughout the state. When completed, the water-trail maps will provide users with good access points, points of interest along the way, as well as offer multiple river-mile options for voyage durations.
The purpose of the Platte River Water Trail (PRWT) program is to encourage people to get out in nature, and educate conservation practices and preservation of the Platte River. Repeatedly full registration for the annual LPRCA kayak tours has shown there is increasing local interest in water activities. Showing the need, therefore, for a public water trails guide. See our Programs page for more information regarding the water trails guide, as well as a link to the NGPC GIS trail viewer.
Installation of LPRCA Information Kiosks
The LPRCA has installed 9 kiosks throughout the Lower Platte River Corridor! We are very excited to display the kiosks so visitors can learn what the lower Platte River has to offer, and the importance of protecting this unique environment. Look for the LPRCA signs in local state parks, wildlife management areas, and at other key Platte River-viewing attractions. Click here to view a map of the ten kiosk locations.
Left: Kiosk located on the Lied Platte River Bridge. Right: Kiosk near the tower at Mahoney State Park.