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.