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Tri-Basin Natural Resources District, Central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation District, and Rainwater Basin Wetland Management District Work to Improve Water Delivery Infrastructure at Five Waterfowl Production Areas

(Posted 1/12/18) Playa wetlands in the western portion of the Rainwater Basin are important stopover sites for millions of waterfowl and the federally endangered Whooping Crane during both spring and fall migration. Recognizing the value of these wetlands, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) owns and manages 22 wetlands

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RWBJV Info Seminar

Don’t Miss the 23rd Annual RWBJV Info. Seminar on February 1, 2018

(Updated 1/12/18) Join landowners, agricultural producers, conservation professionals, congressional staff, researchers, and students for a day of education and networking about conservation in Nebraska. The 23rd annual Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Informational Seminar will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at the Hotel Grand Conference Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. The

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Project Update – Atlanta Waterfowl Production Area

(Posted 9/17) The Atlanta Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and is located one mile northwest from the town of Atlanta in Phelps County, Nebraska. This WPA was purchased in 1964 and encompasses 1,147 acres, including a 488-acre playa wetland surrounded by

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Featured Project – Atlanta Waterfowl Production Area

Atlanta, Nebraska may not be a destination for most people, but Atlanta Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) will be a spring migration destination after this year’s extensive wetland and watershed restoration.  Atlanta WPA is owned and managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and is one of the largest

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Improving Habitat at Gleason WPA

This Kearney County Waterfowl Production Area was purchased in 1967, and consists of five tracts of land totaling 569.2 acres. The wetland footprint is 292 acres, and the Fish and Wildlife Service currently owns 98 % of this footprint. The Service also owns and manages 282 acres of associated upland

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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

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Partners Unite to Improve Habitat in the Sandhills

The Nebraska Sandhills contains the largest remaining grassland area in the U.S., along with abundant rivers, lakes, and wetlands. These habitats are an important resource for a variety of bird species including waterfowl and grassland-nesting birds.  Recently, several conservation partners, including the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, Sandhills Task Force, U.S.

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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

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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

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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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