Little Blue Natural Resources District announced earlier this month that it will receive $15,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for their “Stream Monitoring” project. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 6, 2017 in Lincoln. The project is one of the 85 projects receiving $16,680,000 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 33 were new applications and 52 are carry-over projects.
The Little Blue Natural Resources District (LBNRD) will be utilizing the $15,000 for the installation of two additional stream gauges in the Little Blue River Basin to monitor surface water flows and flood elevations.
The additional gauges will assist the LBNRD, National Weather Service, Emergency Managers, State of Nebraska and resources interests in monitoring surface water flows on the Little Blue River at Hebron and on Rose Creek near Endicott. The stream gauges will be installed and maintained by the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and real time data will be available online at http://data.dnr.nebraska.gov/RealTime/.
The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $265 million in grants to over 2,000 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.