River

Marsh Wren Little Salt Creek

Marsh Wren Little Salt Creek

Located at the confluence of Little Salt Creek and Salt Creek on the Marsh Wren Community Wetland, this camera looks upstream along Little Salt Creek. Both creeks were channelized and straightened long ago, primarily for flood control. The result has been deepening and widening of previously shallow channels that frequently connected with the floodplain. Once seen along the banks, the unique saline characteristics will be mimicked here by modifying the existing banks and constructing saline habitat shelves that scientists and engineers believe will once again provide habitat for the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle.

Camp Ashland East Slough

Camp Ashland East Slough

This camera is looking downstream from near the inlet of a restored slough on Nebraska National Guard property. This slough is fed by groundwater from a nearby wetland and the Platte River a few hundred yards to the north. The USGS has installed two data logging devices on the slough to measure various variables relating to water quality. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s School of Natural Resources, has been monitoring the slough for its diversity and health of aquatic life, especially fish species.

Camp Ashland Chute Outlet

Camp Ashland Chute Outlet

Overlooking the inlet of a backwater chute at the Camp Ashland Training Site, NE. The lower Platte River is located in the background. It is anticipated that there will be periods of high water events from ice jams and Spring rainfall over time. These water events will naturally widen the inlet and scour the existing bank line creating habitat for wildlife and allow for sediment nutrient exchange. This process will benefit all wildlife species that utilize the area.

Camp Ashland Chute

Camp Ashland Chute

Looking north along a restored channel of a backwater chute at the Camp Ashland Training Site, NE. This area was historically connected to the lower Platte River, but hardening of banks along the Platte River eliminated the connectivity to the River and became silted and vegetated over time. With this restored backwater area we anticipate seeing meandering of this chute through high water flows from ice jams and spring rain runoff which will provide habitat for all wildlife that utilize the Platte River, fish spawning, and sediment nutrient exchange between the Platte River and floodplain.

Ripples of Conservation

Ripples of Conservation

Nebraska Game and Parks renovates Lake Ogallala every 10-15 years to protect it from the carp invasion.

Personal Narrative | Educational

Watson

Watson

This camera watches the cycle of the seasons along the North Platte River and faces south towards the entrance of North Park near the Colorado – Wyoming border. At roughly 9,000 feet, North Park is a 30-mile basin that cradles the major headwaters of the North Platte River in Colorado. The basin and surrounding landscape have a deep cultural and natural history that stretches back thousands of years, and most of it passes through this scene.

Disking the River

Disking the River

Learn about how conservation groups disk the Platte River to preserve habitat for cranes on their migration.

Transformative | Inspiring

Poudre River

Poudre River

Located on PBT’s long-time friend Steve Den’s deck in Poudre Canyon, this camera provides an upstream view of the Poudre River. The Poudre River is the only federally designated Wild & Scenic River in Colorado and the Platte Basin. The Wild & Scenic River act of 1968 enacted by the U.S. Congress to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. This camera watched the river for exactly one year and then was retired.

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