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L&C NRD receives Environmental Trust grant

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HARTINGTON — Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District will receive $132,425 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Bow Creek Watershed Project”. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on June 11, 2020 in Lincoln. This is the first year of award with a potential for 2nd and 3rd year funding totaling $85,195 and $44,345 respectively. The project is one of the 118 projects receiving $20,000,000 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 73 were new applications and 45 are carry-over projects.

Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District, and partners are implementing a Water Quality Management Plan to protect and improve water resources in the Bow Creek Watershed. Four stream segments of Bow Creek are presently on Nebraska’s impaired waterbodies list - three for E. coli bacteria and one for both E. coli and Aquatic Life Use. The primary contaminant sources include cattle operations, manure application and land treatment. Best Management Practice (BMP) implementation will be promoted through incentive payments to producers establishing conservation practices on agricultural and urban land, and within stream corridors. A Watershed Coordinator has been invited to educate stakeholders about stream impairments, the importance of protecting water resources, and to develop programs to address impairments.

The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery.

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