Lower Loup Natural Resources District Receives Grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

The Lower Loup Natural Resources District will receive $25,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the "Integrated Management Data Acquisition Program". The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 4, 2019 in Lincoln. This is the first year of award with a potential for 2nd and 3rd year funding totaling $25,000 and $25,000 respectively. The project is one of the 117 projects receiving $19,501,444 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 85 were new applications and 32 are carry-over projects.

The Lower Loup Natural Resources District (LLNRD) applied for financial assistance from the Nebraska Environmental Trust to install flowmeters on municipal, commercial, industrial, and livestock wells, as well as additional irrigation systems. With the passing of the voluntary Integrated Management Plan (IMP) by the LLNRD and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR), several goals were identified and approved to help monitor and protect the water supply in the future. The first goal is to develop and maintain a comprehensive inventory of the locations and sources of the District's current and future water supplies, water uses and outflows.

Flowmeters will allow the NRD to accurately quantify various water uses to acquire data for the water budget, which is a primary objective of the IMP. The District plans to administer a cost-share program that will combine Environmental Trust funds with matching funds from LLNRD to fund the purchase of 75 flowmeters over the next 3 years. These high-capacity wells are unmetered and would provide beneficial data to the LLNRD for the water budget.

The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust inn 1992.  Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the trust has provided over $305 million in grants to over 2,200 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 reosurces for future generations.