FRANKLIN — The land belonging to Ron Hawley, just east of the Harlan County Reservoir, is a good example of the work the Twin Valley Weed Management Area's is doing to open up the Republican River.
During a day spent along the river and reservoir, about 135 participants on the Lower Republican River Riparian Project Tour Thursday visited Hawley's property. What had been a pinch point, twisting in 90-degree turns surrounded by sandbars and trees is now a wide, gently flowing river.
Frahm Construction of North Loup completed the channel excavation earlier this year.
"The reason we did it right there below, the Harlan County Dam is we had land owners on both sides willing to participate," Merle Illian, project coordinator of the Twin Valley Weed Management Area, said after the tour.