Animal factories and agency neglect are posting problems for this scenic watershed.
The Niobrara River ecosystem is threatened by an influx of massive animal factories, called concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs. Sierra Club activists have been successful in keeping some CAFOs out of the Niobrara watershed, especially where it is joined by Verdigre Creek, a tributary of the Niobrara and a part of the Wild and Scenic River.
However, a 750-head mega-dairy continues to pose a possible threat the river. Organizers will soon be drumming up public comment on the management plan for the river, which should be coming out soon. Once the plan is approved, the National Park Service can work on acquiring land and easements along the river corridor.
What you can do: Keep abreast of the issues on the Niobrara, including the CAFOs and the management plan, by contacting Laura Krebsbach at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (402) 475-2292.
Photo: Lower Niobrara National Scenic River viewed from the Fred Thomas Wildlife Mgt. Area scenic overlook.