In 2013, the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture (RWBJV) adopted a revised Implementation Plan. This plan incorporated habitat objectives for the priority species for the mixed grass prairie region of Nebraska. Playa wetlands in the Rainwater Basin Wetland Complex (RWB) remained a priority habitat with additional recognition on the importance these features for waterfowl, shorebirds, and the federally endangered Whooping Crane. Whooping Cranes
By Randy Stutheit, Wetland Biologist, NE Game and Parks Commission, Lincoln, NE The Whitefront Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is owned by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) and is located 2 miles west and 2 miles north of Clay Center in Clay County. This WMA contains approximately 212 acres
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) purchased the Smartweed Marsh West Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Nuckolls County in 1990. Smartweed Marsh WMA contains approximately 38 acres of wetland and 2 acres of upland habitat. Several management projects have taken place on the property including sediment removal, clearing trees
Two groundwater wells at the Sacramento/Wilcox WMA were recently converted (spring of 2020) from natural gas to electricity. Two other wells were previously converted in the spring of 2017. 1970’s vintage Chrysler 413 and 440 well motors had become difficult and expensive to maintain. Exposure to the elements for several
RWBJV partners, including Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District (CNPPID), Ducks Unlimited, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, Tri-Basin Natural Resources District, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District (USFWS RWB WMD) have completed all project elements funded through the Platte Basin Collation (PBC) Western Basins
Following a wetland restoration, it takes months or years to see the return of seasonal water and wetland vegetation. In three time lapse videos of 20-40 seconds, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission documented changes seen over three years. Two of the videos are from Father Hupp Wildlife Management Area
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.
Join landowners, agricultural producers, conservation professionals, congressional staff, researchers, and students for a day of education and networking about conservation in Nebraska. The 24th annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the Ramada Midtown Grand Island (the former Hotel Grand Conference Center)
(Posted 9/6/18) The western portion of the Rainwater Basin region provides important stopover habitat for many migratory waterbirds, including waterfowl, shorebirds, and the endangered Whooping Crane. Restoration of Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs) is a high priority for the Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District (WMD), particularly in the western portion of
Hear what your colleagues and neighbors had to say about the 2018 RWBJV Info Seminar in these short audio clips. Then, plan to join them in 2019 to learn, network, exchange information, and have a great time!