A Monthly Publication of the Nebraska Environmental Trust
Dave Heineman, Governor
Board of Trustees
In This Issue:
Executive Director Corner
It is that time of year for graduations from high schools and colleges. All of these fresh minds headed off to college and into the job market. Let’s hope the youth of today make an effort to preserve and protect Nebraska’s natural resources that the generations before them left for the future.
We are beginning to receive reports on some of the recently awarded grants that are underway. It is very rewarding to see progress on projects that a few short months ago were just ideas in an application. Lakes are being renovated, equipment being purchased, habitat is being restored, research is being conducted, water is being protected, recycling is increasing, energy is being saved and much more.
The Groundwater Festival was held May 8th in Grand Island and the Trust operated a booth at the event. The Trust recently attended the dedication of the renovated Zorinsky Lake, the grand opening of the Elliot School Park, the Spotted Tail wetland complex dedication and the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award.
Our next Trust board meeting will be July 19th and 20th at Fort Robinson, near Crawford. The board will get an opportunity to see some of the projects we have funded in the northwest part of the State.
Get out and enjoy Nebraska’s natural resources.
Mark A. Brohman
A Glimpse Into Our New 2012 Projects
Spencer Area Development Corporation - Spencer Pond Renovation Project
The pond renovation project, a vision of local residents for several years recently received notification of a $408,000 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. In addition Boyd County through its roads department will be replacing a failing dam structure and roadway on the south end of the property. This combination of resources will enable both the road project and the lake renovation to be completed at a cost which would be less than if the projects were completed individually.
The Spencer Area Development Corporation which owns the land applied for the Nebraska Environmental Trust grant in September 2011 and was recently notified of the award. The Trust receives its funding primarily through the Nebraska Lottery and the grants are used to preserve natural resources throughout the state.
The lake once renovated will be a wonderful improvement to the community and allow fishing and other recreational activities. Plans are to work with Nebraska Game and Parks to stock desirable fish and to design easy access to the lake. The lake renovation will involve excavation of the lake bottom in order to provide sufficient depth for fish and other aquatic wildlife to thrive. Currently the lake covers 9.7 acres and has a maximum depth of 6.5 feet. Once renovated the lake will cover 12 acres and be about 12 feet deep.
The total project is estimated to cost about $900,000. County funds of approximately $400,000 will be used to repair the eroding roadway and install a culvert and erosion control systems. Grant funds along with private contributions will provide the balance of the money. Grant type programs generally require local contribution and the Spencer Area Development group has been raising their share of the money.
The Development Group will be asking for additional financial support the make this vision a reality. Contributions can be made to the development group.
Elkhorn Valley Public Health Department - Be Smart: Do Your Part
Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department announced today that it will receive $70,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Be Smart: Do Your Part” project. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 5, 2012 in Lincoln. The project is one of the 107 projects receiving $19,292,396 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 64 were new applications and 43 are carry-over projects.
Elkhorn Logan Valley Public Health Department (ELVPHD) is seeking this funding to support a grassroots waste management project which will intertwine public education and hazardous waste disposal opportunities. Efforts will focus on increasing levels of awareness regarding proper disposal of common hazardous household and farm waste materials (chemicals, oil, personal care products, medications, etc.) in the public by using innovative education venues that have historically been successful to disseminate information in conjunction with a public awareness campaign that will be implemented and will publicize messages pertaining to acceptable hazardous waste disposal methods and the dangers to the environment if inappropriate disposal occurs. In conjunction with public education efforts, ELVPHD will publicize the availability of multiple collection /disposal sites in the ELVPHD service area which will be hosted timely throughout the year.
By combining education and waste disposal opportunities, hazardous materials will be diverted from being placed in landfills or flushed into our sewer systems, where they contaminate our water and soil, and also contaminate the habitats of fish and other wildlife. Public health will be positively impacted indirectly by reducing the risk of exposure to dangerous and unhealthy materials, accidental ingestion of such products by children or pets, and will keep high-market medications out of the hands of persons making illegal sales of medications that contribute to drug addictions. A professional, contracted evaluator will evaluate the project—both in terms of process and outcome attainment. All ELVPHD projects are conducted with the premise that activities are evaluated, and only those that are proven to be successful are replicated. For this project, if a high level of success and effectiveness is achieved, the project will be repeated.
Nebraska State Recycling Association : Recycling Grants Available
The Nebraska State Recycling Association has grant funds now available for municipalities, government entities, non-profits and recycling companies who wish to purchase recycling equipment. Grants may fund the purchase of recycling trailers, carts, dumpsters, balers, forklifts, trucks and more. Applications will be taken until the fund is depleted. The recycling equipment grant is one of 107 projects in 2012 receiving a grant from the Trust.
The Nebraska State Recycling Association has been a recycling advocate for Nebraska since 1980. For more information, visit: www.recyclenebraska.org or call Deb Rost at 402-933-3059.
- June 9, 2012 (Saturday) - Fourth Biennial Waterfest, Holmes Lake, Lincoln
- July 9-13, 2012 - Celebrating 20 Years of Preservation with the Nebraska Environmental Trust, Rotunda, State Capitol, Lincoln
- July 19-20, 2012 (Thursday/Friday) - Nebraska Environmental Trust 3rd Quarter Board Meeting, Ft. Robinson State Park.
- September 4, 2012 (Tuesday) - General and Recognition Grant Application Deadline
- November 8, 2012 (Tuesday) - Nebraska Environmental Trust 4th Quarter Board Meeting, Ferguson House, Lincoln.