RWBJV Informational Seminar is February 2

Conservation partners, agriculture producers, and researchers will gather in Grand Island on Thursday, February 2 for the 22nd annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar. This long-running event has become a mid-winter tradition for Nebraska’s natural resource professionals. It provides an opportunity for RWBJV partners, landowners, and others to meet,

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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.

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

Vegetation Management Activities Maintain Healthy Wetland Habitat

Vegetation management is a necessary component of wetland conservation in the Rainwater Basin region. Historically, these wetlands were regularly disturbed by fire and intensive grazing from bison and other ungulate species. If these natural disturbances are not replaced by human-directed management, such as cattle grazing, controlled burns, and herbicide spraying,

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

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

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

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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