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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.

RWBJV Administrative Area

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May – September 2017 Update

I don’t know where summer went – school has started and so have the hunting seasons. It has been a busy summer for all of the partners. Below is a short synopsis of the projects that have been completed. Please contact the office if you have questions or want more

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Rainwater Basin Waterfowl Study Suggests Ways to Improve Habitats

(Posted 9/17) Despite a 90% loss in wetland habitat, playa wetlands in Nebraska’s Rainwater Basin (RWB) provide essential foraging and resting opportunities to approximately 7 million migratory dabbling ducks, such as mallards and northern pintails, each spring. Such opportunities are necessary for ducks to accumulate the energy and protein needed

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Project Update – Atlanta Waterfowl Production Area

(Posted 9/17) The Atlanta Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and is located one mile northwest from the town of Atlanta in Phelps County, Nebraska. This WPA was purchased in 1964 and encompasses 1,147 acres, including a 488-acre playa wetland surrounded by

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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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