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, learn, and exchange ideas about conservation in Nebraska – and about the ways partners, including agriculture producers, can help each other.
This year’s plenary session features Mark Brohman, Executive Director of the Nebraska Environmental Trust, and Kristal Stoner, NGPC’s Wildlife Diversity Program Manager.
Research sessions will cover a variety of wetland topics, including the effects of contaminants on amphibians in the Rainwater Basin, groundwater recharge, and marsh birds. Several landowners will discuss their experiences with conservation practices, such as land trade, Wetlands Reserve easements, and variable irrigation. And RWBJV partners will provide updates, including changes in water and irrigation policy.
The seminar, which starts at 8:30 a.m., will be at the Hotel Grand Conference Center (formerly the Midtown Holiday Inn) in Grand Island. The $40 registration fee includes a buffet lunch. Landowners and operators register free of charge. Registration is available online at http://rwbjv.org, or call 308-382-8112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.