Historic Oxbow Wetlands in Neb. to be Restored

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Omaha is set to begin the restoration of seven acres of historic oxbow wetlands dominated by invasive species along the Big Papillion Creek.

Officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday to mark the start of the project at the Heron Haven wetland sanctuary in northwest Omaha.

The corps will work in partnership with the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District on the project, which will replace invasive species like reed canary grass and cattails with native vegetation like green bulrush and arrowhead.

The Heron Haven wetland sanctuary provides habitat for a wide range of species and contains one of the last remaining oxbow wetlands of the Big Papillion Creek's historic meandering channel.

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