LINCOLN — Four men with Hub Territory ties are among the 19 recent graduates from the Nebraska Water Leaders Academy, a one-year program that provides leadership training and education about the vital roles of rivers, streams and aquifers in Nebraska’s economic sustainability.

The area graduates are:

- Patrick Farrell, statistical ecologist with the Headwaters Corporation, based in Kearney.

- Ross Montgomery, operations manager for the Nebraska Bostwick Irrigation District, based in Red Cloud.

- Steve Osterbuhr, irrigation work coordinator at Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, based in Holdrege.

- Andrew Pierson, director of conservation, at Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary near Gibbon.

A project of the Water Futures Partnership-Nebraska, academy sessions feature classroom and field trip experiences across the state presented by acknowledged experts in leadership and natural resource topics.

The program is partially funded by a Nebraska Environmental Trust grant and contributions from more than 25 other organizations and individuals.

More information is at waterleadersacademy.org.

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