Other, Nebraska State Irrigation Association, 2013
Cheatgrass Challenge Management , University of Wyoming, SAREC, Lingle, WY
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Harold E Alley Award, Wyoming Weed & Pest Council, 2002
The Chester I. Walters “Extra Mile” Award, Nebraska Extension, 2016
Nebraska Extension Excellnce in Extension Team Award, Nebraska Extension, 2020
Wyoming Stock Growers Associatoin Environmental Stewardship Award Upper North Platte River Weed Management Area, Wyoming Stock Growers Association, 2015
Area of Responsibility: UNL Panhandle Research & Extension District Program Responsibilities: Water management (crops and urban), horticultural topics, and some cropping systems Nebraska Extension Teams: Resistant and Invasive Pests and Efficient Water Use
Growers are encourage to watch for Medusahead, an invasive weed species that is now in Wyoming and moving eastward. If it reaches the Pine Ridge area or Sandhills, it could cause devastating damage to the ecology and range production. The concept of early detection and rapid response, as described here, will be important to its containment.
I usually start reporting on river flows and water reservoirs affecting western Nebraska in early May, but with recent national news about the spillway at the Oroville Dam in California, you may be wondering about the status of snowpack water content and the reservoir levels along the North Platte River in Wyoming.
Minor to moderate lowland flooding is still occurring along the North Platte River from Lewellen west into southeastern Wyoming and will continue for several weeks or months. The areas affected are primarily the river bottom, pasture, and low-lying agricultural production fields. Some areas are near flood stage and others have exceeded flood stage.
A collaboration of management agencies is closely monitoring the situation as reservoirs on the North Platte River in Wyoming fill and water is released. Flooding is likely in an area along the river in western Nebraska for several weeks to several months. Minor to moderate lowland flooding is occurring along the North Platte River from Lewellen west into southeastern Wyoming and will continue for several weeks or months. The areas affected are primarily the river bottom, mostly pasture but some cropland and homes.
Recent storms rolling through southeast Wyoming and the Nebraska Panhandle have brought considerable moisture to the North Platte River Basin. The typical time for runoff/snowmelt in the Snowy Range and Sierra Madre mountains in southeastern Wyoming is mid-April; however, this year it was delayed several weeks and is just starting.
The US Bureau of Reclamation presented their North Platte River water update and forecast of water operations for the 2016 season at a recent meeting at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff.