NE Department of Natural Resources Receives Grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust
Lincoln, NE – May 24, 2021 – NE Department of Natural Resources announced today that it will receive $3,300,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Integrated Water Management Action Initiative” project. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 8, 2021 in Lincoln. This is the first year of award with a potential for 2nd and 3rd year funding totaling $3,300,000 and $3,300,000 respectively. The project is one of the 113 projects receiving $18,350,515 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 42 were new applications and 71 are carry-over projects.
The project's three year’s allocation of funding for the Water Resources Cash Fund (WRCF) pursuant to the legislative mandate of LB 229, 2011, and as required by Neb. Rev. Stat. § 61-218(7)(a). All funds obtained through the allocation will be used for the purposes of the WRCF as set out in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 61-218(7)(b). The WRCF was established to fund the State’s contingent water resources remediation needs in fully and overappropriated river basins. The WRCF has funded various projects since its inception in 2007. The “The Integrated Water Management Action Initiative” (Initiative) described below is an evolution of the Department and Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) efforts to support implementation of integrated management planning efforts. The purpose of the Initiative is to plan, implement, and monitor activities that result in more effective water management and remediation for current ground water and stream depletions caused by past actions. The Initiative will assist the Department and the NRDs, in cooperation with other partners, to provide clear and direct benefits to habitat and surface and groundwater resources by: (1) optimizing timing and efficiency of water uses; (2) enhancing streamflows, reducing water consumption; and (3) enhancing wildlife habitat in fully and overappropriated areas.
The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $349 million in grants to over 2,400 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.