The purpose of this annual meeting is to support state and tribal wetland program managers and other wetland professionals as they respond to challenges in the coming year. Although the meeting is currently scheduled to be held in person, NAWM will be monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic very closely and will follow all federal guidelines and mandates related to public health and safety. If circumstances require it, they will shift the meeting to a fully virtual format.
The Missouri River has been highly altered the past century, including impoundment and channelization, eliminating thousands of acres of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, including many fringe and floodplain wetlands. The mainstem upstream impoundments have changed the natural hydrograph, temperature, and turbidity profile, which negatively affected many native species. The field trip will be by boat, with Nebraska Game and Parks Commission fisheries biologists who are very familiar with operating on the Missouri River. The several hour boat tour will begin and end in Nebraska City, and shuttles will be provided to get people to and from the boat ramp. During the tour, you will sightsee the current channelized Missouri River, visit a couple of early fish and wildlife habitat mitigation sites, talk about wetland restoration efforts, and discuss the associated Missouri River fish and wildlife species. There is no charge for the field trip. Attendees should be prepared for the weather and life jackets will be provided.