LINCOLN, Oct. 23, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will award $30 million to projects in six states – including Nebraska – to protect, restore and enhance wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands. The projects are funded under the Natural Resources
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.
An August 29 article in the Kearney Hub features the Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District’s work with local cooperators to manage wetland vegetation on Waterfowl Production Areas through grazing.
The Little Blue Natural Resources District will receive $135,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for a project to improve the function of Rainwater Basin wetlands. This is the third and final year of a three-year grant. The “Watershed Restoration to Enhance Rainwater Basin Wetlands” grant is helping to restore the
Wetlands and wildlife habitat in the Rainwater Basin will benefit from $536,615 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
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). This program, created under the 2014 Farm Bill, provides funding for the purchase of conservation easements to help productive farm and ranch land remain in agriculture and protect critical wetlands and grasslands, home to
Cattle producers who engage in wetland grazing programs or who work with public land agencies in the Rainwater Basin may avail themselves of a portable livestock corral and handling equipment through a no-cost lease. The Little Blue Natural Resources District, in partnership with the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, maintains a
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide cost-share to area producers through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program to fill abandoned irrigation reuse pits in the watersheds of priority wetlands located in the Rainwater Basin Wetland Complex in south-central Nebraska. Rainwater Basin Joint Venture partners have additional cost-share dollars available
The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture presented its Wetland Stewardship Award to three recipients at the 20th annual Informational Seminar in Grand Island on February 10. The award recognizes significant contributions to wetland and habitat conservation in the Rainwater Basin and Nebraska’s mixed-grass prairie regions. One award went to Tim Smith
Grand Island – The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture is a recipient of the 2015 Wings Across the Americas Award for habitat conservation partnerships. The national award, given by the U.S. Forest Service, recognizes a USFS partner whose work benefits a species or group of species through significant habitat improvements. The