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Dave Heineman, Governor

Board of Trustees

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District II
District III

Agency Directors

Trust Staff


July 2011

In This Issue:

  1. Executive Director Corner
  2. The 2011 North American Manure Expo
  3. Under-The-Sink Special Waste Facility
  4. Upcoming Events


Executive Director Corner

It has been an interesting spring and summer for Nebraska and the Midwest.  From above average precipitation in many parts of the State and drier than normal in a few areas, to the flooding on the North Platte and Missouri Rivers, it has been an unusual year so far.  I have personally witnessed the flooding in the cities of Scottsbluff and North Platte from the North Platte River as well as flooding on the Missouri River from Nebraska City to Fort Calhoun.  I know the flooding is much more widespread than the areas I have visited and I wish the best for those impacted.  

The Trust Grants Committee is recommending additional funds to be added to a number of projects that were not fully funded in April and to partially fund a project (Egan Lake) that was not funded originally.  The additional funds came from projects that had finished and had unexpended funds.  The full board will consider those recommendations at the July 22, 2011, board meeting and make final awards.

I hope everyone had a chance to visit some of Nebraska’s wonderful natural resources this summer or have a chance for a quick trip before schools starts this fall.  We have some wonderful natural resources in Nebraska that are frequently forgotten.  I was fortunate to have participated in a Water Tour of central and north central Nebraska recently and many participants were unaware of some of our resources and opportunities in their backyards.  I learned a lot and enjoyed visiting with participants about Nebraska’s water resources.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer.  Big 10, here we come!

Mark A. Brohman
Executive Director


The 2011 North American Manure Expo

The 2011 North American Manure Expo – the only trade
show and training event in the world that spreads manure to demonstrate the latest advances in manure management technologies – will be held on July 20 at the Northeast Community College’s Agricultural Complex in Norfolk.


The expo is hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and other landgrant colleges in partnership with Nebraska custom manure applicators and businesses and the Iowa Commercial Nutrient Applicators Association. It travels to a new venue each year, so this may be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity because it will not return to Nebraska for some time.“Fifty-three vendors from across North America will be at the expo to demonstrate the latest technology in manure management,” said Chris Henry, UNL Extension engineer. “History will be made at the show as feedlot manure will be applied below the surface of the soil for the first time using a manure
subsurfacer developed for poultry litter from the USDA-ARS in Arkansas.”

This will be a historical moment in manure management and attendees could be witnessing the future of manure management for feedlots, Henry said. Also planned are antique spreader demonstrations, which will give attendees perspective on how far the industry has progressed with technology. The industry trade show with manure technology demonstrations and many educational events, previously has drawn 1,200-1,500 people from all across the U. S. and Canada. Anyone with an interest in agriculture should plan to attend including livestock producers, manure handlers, consultants and the general public.

The expo is open from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. There is no cost to attend. For more information about the North American Manure Expo visit http://manureexpo.org.“Professionalism in Manure Management” is the theme of this year’s Expo. Educational topics will include: manure stockpiling, manure pit foaming and safety, winter application of manure on frozen soils and much more. New this year are sprinkler irrigation systems for manure application. Ride-and-drive style demonstrations will be available for those that want to get behind the wheel. All demonstrations will be held (rain or shine) on 40 acres of land adjacent to the complex. A panel of crop consultants will discuss how to value and market manure.
Attendees can attend a “Manure Pump School” or test their knowledge at a“Manure Scene Investigation”. The U.S. EPA will be at the expo to explain nutrient management plans. These are just a few of the educational programs, 23 different sessions in total - repeated twice during the day, that will be offered at the expo, and many of the sessions will be approved for continuing education units for certified crop advisors and others.


Equipment demonstrations with manure are planned by vendors from all across North America, attendees will be able to compare 15 solid spreaders, 13 liquid equipment (towed hose applicators, liquid tankers, and sprinkler systems) and six GPS enabled equipment demonstrations. Attendees will be able to compare sprinkler and solid spread patterns and injector disturbance between different kinds of equipment.

This event will meet recertification (not initial) training requirements from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, for livestock operations that have a Waste Control Facility Permit. Attendees need only attend two hours of sessions to obtain their certificate. The Expo is partially funded by the Trust.


Under-The-Sink Special Waste Facility


City of Omaha's Under-The-Sink Special Waste Facility received its first bit of household hazardous waste on June 1, 2005. The city owns and operates the facility on behalf of the residents of Douglas and Sarpy counties.

Designed by Ken Hahn Architects, the building has 5,612 square feet of covered and indoor work space and 2,520 square feet of indoor support facilities. The site is just over five acres. Research and design of the building took well over one year and was preceded by several years of study and public education.

Funding for the construction of the facility came primarily from grants including ; Nebraska Environmental Trust, Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Fund of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality; Peter Kiewit Foundation and the Omaha World-Herald Foundation.

The facility which is located at 4001 South 120th Street in Omaha caters to all Douglas and Sarpy County residents who can dispose of certain household products four days per week year around. Not only can they drop these materials off, the facility also has a REStore where partially used containers of products from other residents are available for pick-up at no cost. Public hours are:

-Wednesdays, 9am-4:45pm
-Thursdays, 9am-6:15pm
-Fridays, 9am-4:45pm
-Saturdays, by appointment to drop-off and 9am-12:45pm for the ReStore.


Receiving material from residents

Materials that are acceptable include automotive and rechargeable batteries, paint, fluorescent tubes, lawn and garden chemicals, motor oil, devices containing mercury and other items. Interested parties may visit : http://www.underthesink.org/ for more information.

Items that are not accepted include garbage, 20 pound propane tanks, explosives, ammunition, tires, appliances, electronics, smoke detectors, asbestos, radioactive material and waste from businesses.

The cost to use this facility is free. In 2010 Under-The-Sink surpassed the 1 million pound mark of all hazard class divisions shipped off site for disposal. The Environmental Trust funded $500,000 of the $1.2 Million construction cost of Under-The-Sink. Having a permanent facility open year around has allowed Under-The-Sink in 2010 to serve over 7,000 customers through ReStore and receive 400 tons of potentially hazardous waste. Under-The-Sink's mission is to safely collect, reuse, renew, recycle or lastly dispose potentially hazardous waste from households.

Recently, the Trust approved funds to purchase a paint can crusher that will process latex paint, the most prolific item delivered to Under-The-Sink. The cost for the crusher was for $11,424.00. Under-The-Sink is just one example of a project receiving Trust funds that has along term impact on the environment and the community.


Upcoming Events

- July 21-22, 2011 - Nebraska Environmental Trust 3rd Quarter Board Meeting, Under-The-Sink, 4001 S120th St, Omaha.

- August 20, 2011 - World O' Water Festival, Omaha, Papio Missouri River, Natural Resources District

- August 26 - September 5, 2011 - Nebraska State Fair, Grand Island.

- September 13-15, 2011 - Husker Harvest Days

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