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Save the Date: Informational Seminar is February 2

Mark your calendar for February 2, and plan on attending the 2017 RWBJV Informational Seminar at the Hotel Grand Conference Center in Grand Island. The Informational Seminar is a once-a-year opportunity for conservation professionals, agriculture producers, scholars, and others to meet, exchange ideas, and learn from each other. Agenda details

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October 21 is Deadline to Apply for Pit Fill Assistance under EQIP

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide cost-share assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to fill abandoned irrigation reuse pits in the watersheds of priority Rainwater Basin wetlands. Rainwater Basin Joint Venture partners have additional cost-share dollars available to fill pits identified as high priorities for removal.

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Featured Project: Pintail Wildlife Management Area

The Pintail Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is owned by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) and is located five miles south and 2 miles east of Aurora in Hamilton County. Pintail WMA contains approximately 360 acres of playa wetland and 118 acres of upland habitat. The 478 acres of

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Partners Unite to Improve Habitat in the Sandhills

The Nebraska Sandhills contains the largest remaining grassland area in the U.S., along with abundant rivers, lakes, and wetlands. These habitats are an important resource for a variety of bird species including waterfowl and grassland-nesting birds.  Recently, several conservation partners, including the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, Sandhills Task Force, U.S.

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Little Blue NRD Receives Grant for “Puddles Under the Pivots”

The Little Blue Natural Resources District will receive $208,865 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust to help integrate restored wetlands into irrigated agriculture operations. Wetlands can provide farm income through grazing and haying, while also providing wildlife habitat. The “Puddles under the Pivots” grant will complement major funding provided by a

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NGPC Receives Grant for Wetlands in the Rainwater Basin

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission will receive $75,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for its “Rainwater Basin Wetland Management” grant. The grant will help with ongoing work to control invasive plants such as reed canary grass, river bulrush, and hybrid cattail in wetlands on both private and public lands

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Wetland Management District Works to Improve Public Wetlands

Over the past year, several sediment removal projects were conducted on wetlands within the Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District (WMD). You may have noticed numerous large mounds of dirt throughout the district in such places as: Funk WPA, Macon Lakes WPA, and Massie WPA. These projects were completed in conjunction

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Nebraska Environmental Trust Grants Will Improve Rainwater Basin Wetlands

Wetlands and wildlife habitat in the Rainwater Basin will benefit from $412,855 in Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund grants awarded to the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture. The Rainwater Basin’s wetlands provide migration habitat for millions of geese and ducks each spring, as well as hundreds of thousands of shorebirds, and endangered

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A Statewide Campaign Spreads the Word about CRP

Conservation partners across Nebraska pitched in to help when Pheasants Forever organized a campaign recently to meet with landowners statewide and speak with them about the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). CRP is a voluntary conservation program that offers environmental benefits such as erosion control and wildlife habitat while providing annual

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