The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture (RWBJV), an affiliated fund of Nebraska Community Foundation, received funding for five grants totaling $958,700 from Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) in 2019. Together, the grants benefit farmers, ranchers, wildlife, wetlands and grasslands, as well as the Ogallala Aquifer. For instance, Western Basin Restorations: Improving Waterfowl
The 2019 RWBJV Informational Seminar was the 24th in a long line of useful and enjoyable seminars. The Seminar, with its plenary, tracked presentations, awards, exhibitors and networking opportunities had something for everyone. In this post, you will hear about its appeal from a landowner, an exhibitor, a graduate student,
Jessica Votipka, York News-Times, 3/29/19. Conservation groups, including Ducks Unlimited and the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, offer a variety of ways for rural landowners to partake in wetland conservation. According to Ted LaGrange, Wetland Program Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, about 97% of Nebraska’s wetlands rest on
Jason Crotty, a blogger for “10,000 Birds,” featured the Rainwater Basin in his April 9, 2019 post, “A Bird’s Eye View of the Rainwater Basin.” Using Google Earth Studio, Crotty created videos that allow the viewer to visualize the significance of WPAs – tiny areas of suitable habitat between miles
Shanda Spurgeon received the 2019 Conservation Professional of the Year Award from the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture at its February 2019 Informational Seminar in Grand Island, NE. Spurgeon worked as a Resource Conservationist in Adams and Phelps County, tirelessly promoting the Wetland Reserve and Agriculture Conservation Easement Programs to private
Little Blue Natural Resources District received the 2019 Conservation Partner of the Year Award from the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture at its February 2019 Informational Seminar in Grand Island, NE. Little Blue Natural Resources District (LBNRD) has been a cornerstone partner for the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture since 1991, according
Dale Seidel, a landowner in Garfield County, received a Landowner Stewardship Award from the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture at its February 2019 Informational Seminar in Grand Island, NE. Seidel was nominated by Ben Wheeler of Pheasants Forever because of his commitment to using prescribed fire in collaboration with his neighbors
The Rainwater Basin Image Library is a collection of aerial imagery acquired by the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture. All images are sub-meter, 4-band (color/near-infrared).
The 24th annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar was held February 7, 2019 in Grand Island, Nebraska. This year’s seminar focused on projects and issues across the entire RWBJV Administrative Area including, and expanding beyond, the Rainwater Basin Wetland Complex. The plenary session highlighted the North American Waterfowl Management
The first year is in the books, and the RWBJV partners successfully delivered over 1,900 acre-feet of water into Funk Waterfowl Production Area (WPA). Surface water deliveries first reached Funk WPA on November 20, 2018 and were completed one month later. Multiple partners worked with the staff at the U.S.
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