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In the wetlands of the Rainwater Basin and across Nebraska’s mixed-grass prairies, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture partners achieve habitat conservation through cooperation and sound science. Landowners, conservation organizations and government agencies work together through Joint Venture projects and programs to provide habitat for millions of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wildlife in this highly productive agricultural landscape.

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Fourth Year of Waterfowl Surveys

The Rainwater Basin Wetland Complex (RWB) in Nebraska is the focal point of spring waterfowl migration. Each spring, millions of ducks and geese stopover in this region during their northward migration. Based on population objectives and waterfowl foraging requirements, the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture (RWBJV) estimates 60,000 acres of wetland

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Well Conversion Projects at Sacramento/Wilcox Wildlife Management Area

Two groundwater wells at the Sacramento/Wilcox WMA were recently converted (spring of 2020) from natural gas to electricity. Two other wells were previously converted in the spring of 2017. 1970’s vintage Chrysler 413 and 440 well motors had become difficult and expensive to maintain. Exposure to the elements for several

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Initial Agriculture Land Easements Close

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) grant that was awarded to Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District provided funding for 10 projects that would develop whole field solutions. As part of these projects the wetlands are restored to the extent possible and protected through either an Agriculture Land Easement (ALE)

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Our partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, which manage public lands for wildlife habitat. However, agriculture producers and other private landowners are indispensable partners in habitat conservation. The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture offers private lands programs that can benefit both agriculture and wildlife.



Eight out of ten years, I could never get in there and harvest that low spot. Now I can just put it out of my mind.

Clay County Farmer

As livestock producers, we can get benefits out of the wetlands, but those benefits also help the wildlife, hunters, and the migration.

RWB Cattleman

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