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October 21 is Deadline to Apply for Pit Fill Assistance under EQIP

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide cost-share assistance through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to fill abandoned irrigation reuse pits in the watersheds of priority Rainwater Basin wetlands. Rainwater Basin Joint Venture partners have additional cost-share dollars available to fill pits identified as high priorities for removal.

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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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Vegetation Management Activities Maintain Healthy Wetland Habitat

Vegetation management is a necessary component of wetland conservation in the Rainwater Basin region. Historically, these wetlands were regularly disturbed by fire and intensive grazing from bison and other ungulate species. If these natural disturbances are not replaced by human-directed management, such as cattle grazing, controlled burns, and herbicide spraying,

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The Working Lands Initiative’s Inaugural Project

A restored wetland and 140 acres of former irrigated cropland near Norman, Nebraska represent the initial project in the Working Landscapes initiative, a collaborative effort of the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture partnership. Partners in this project include the Nebraska Environmental Trust, Ducks Unlimited, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nebraska Game

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Removal of Massive Dike Helps Restore Wetland

Some efforts to convert Rainwater Basins to cropland have been extremely ambitions and costly. The attempt to convert this York County basin included construction of an eight-foot-high ring dike around the wettest portion of the wetland so that runoff from the watershed could be pumped into the enclosure to help

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Clark Waterfowl Production Area Watershed Restoration

Clark Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) is a 450-acre tract in the heart of the western Rainwater Basin Wetland Complex (RWB). Prior to acquisition by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), fill had been placed in the wetland to improve farming, a pit had been excavated in the wetland for

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Little Blue NRD Receives Grant for “Puddles Under the Pivots”

The Little Blue Natural Resources District will receive $208,865 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust to help integrate restored wetlands into irrigated agriculture operations. Wetlands can provide farm income through grazing and haying, while also providing wildlife habitat. The “Puddles under the Pivots” grant will complement major funding provided by a

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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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