Diversity Needed in Platte River Basin Ecosystem

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Nebraska Public Power District water resources adviser Frank Kwapnioski of North Platte says there is a need to build a diverse ecosystem throughout the Platte River Basin.

Kwapnioski was among the speakers at a forum last week at the National Audubon Society's Rowe Sanctuary southwest of Gibbon.

The focus of the forum was development of the Platte River habitat as it relates to endangered species such as whooping cranes, least terns, piping plover and pallid sturgeon.

The Audobon Society's Paul Tebbel says laws protecting endangered species do not allow enough flexibility. Tebbel says the law benefits some species but works to the detriment of others.

Tebbel says the Endangered Species Act has the potential to produce what Tebbel calls a designer river.