- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

BURCHARD, Neb. (AP) - Officials say aquatic improvements at Burchard Wildlife Management Area in southeast Nebraska are complete.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the rehabilitation includes the construction of a new outlet structure, a boat ramp facility, angler access nodes and a handicap-accessible fishing pier.

However, the reservoir remains low. The new boat ramp facility remains closed because water levels are seven- to eight feet below full pool. Small vessels are allowed if they’re launched from the shoreline.

Other improvements include offshore breakwaters to protect shorelines, and a sediment dike and basin on the reservoir’s north arm. Water levels have been deepened near new breakwaters and underwater rock shoals and cedar tree fish attractors have been added in the reservoir basin.

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