In the wetlands of the Rainwater Basin and across Nebraska’s mixed-grass prairies, Rainwater Basin Joint Venture partners achieve habitat conservation through cooperation and sound science. Landowners, conservation organizations and government agencies work together through Joint Venture programs to provide habitat for millions of migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and other wildlife in this highly productive agricultural landscape.

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  • Jun

NARD Receives Nebraska Environmental Trust Grant for RWB Conservation

(Lincoln, NE)- The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts has been awarded $60,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for a project that will assist landowners with wetland conservation on private lands in the Rainwater Basin. Through this grant the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts will continue to work with the Rainwater

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  • May

Little Blue NRD Receives NET Grant to Improve Rainwater Basin Wetlands

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 a second-year award, with potential third-year funding of an additional $135,000. The “Watershed Restoration to Enhance Rainwater Basin Wetlands” grant is helping to

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Our partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, which manage public lands for wildlife habitat. However, agriculture producers and other private landowners are indispensable partners in habitat conservation. The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture offers private lands programs that can benefit both agriculture and wildlife.


Eight out of ten years, I could never get in there and harvest that low spot. Now I can just put it out of my mind.

Clay County Farmer

As livestock producers, we can get benefits out of the wetlands, but those benefits also help the wildlife, hunters, and the migration.

RWB Cattleman

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