Barbs and Backlashes

Award Winning by whitetips
May 20, 2010, 12:36 pm
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I should have posted this a few weeks ago, after the March commission meeting, but I am just now getting around to it.

Anywho, one of our Aquatic Habitat Projects, won an engineering award!

Actually the engineering firm that did the design work for us received the award, but it was for our project!  Seriously, our Aquatic Habitat Program is the first one in any state that is dedicated entirely to the enhancement of aquatic habitat in existing public waters.  Our Aquatic Habitat Program has been in existence for 13 years now and there is not an area in the state where we have not had at least one project that improved water quality, aquatic habitat and FISHING!  And I have to say THANK YOU to all of our anglers who have funded and continue to fund the Aquatic Habitat Program through the purchase of the Aquatic Habitat Stamp when the program first started and now through the purchase of fishing permits (part of the permit price is dedicated to the Aquatic Habitat Program).

Pre-project aerial photo of Cunningham, note the dirty water from the north arm all the way to the dam.

Post-project aerial photo of Cunningham; again note the water clarity. Clean water will produce more fish!

Personal Note

Let me add some additional comments here.  Randy Winter has been the program manager for our Aquatic Habitat Program since it began.  Even before we had an Aquatic Habitat Program, Randy traveled the state several times taking the idea to the state’s anglers and enlisting their help in starting it and planning it.  After 35+ years of service with the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Randy is retiring this spring.  In fact, his last day of work will be tomorrow.  Do not worry, the Aquatic Habitat Program will go on and Randy has been an important part of the planning  for the next 15 years or more.

I have known Randy literally since the first day I started working for the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission.  We have shared many boats and handled many fish over the years.  Randy has always been the consummate professional and my own career has benefited greatly from what I have learned working with Randy.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the discussions we have had over the years and the opportunities to bounce ideas off of each other.  His office is maybe 10 steps from mine right now, and many is the time I have needed to “rant” about something and knew I could walk over to Randy and he would listen and commiserate with me.

Randy will be missed, but I know he has many things to do, much to enjoy and all of us here at the Game & Parks Commission wish him the very best!  I also know that he has a nice boat and that he will be spending a lot of time on the water.  All I ask is that he enjoy every minute and to dry one off for me!


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