Nebraska will receive nearly a million dollars in federal money to improve watersheds in the eastern part of the state.
Four impaired Nebraska watersheds are part of the new National Water Quality Initiative announced by the United States Department of Agriculture: the Cottonwood Creek Watershed in Saunders County, the Conestoga Reservoir in Seward and Lancaster County, Cub Creek in Jefferson County and Big Indian Creek in Gage County.
Nebraska state conservationist Craig Derickson says the nearly one-million dollars allocated to Nebraska will help NRCS provide funding and expertise to farmers who are interested in installing and updating conservation practices on their farms.
Farmer Burdett Piening of Lincoln has farms in the Conestoga Watershed. He says he would like to put in some bigger terraces.
“Plus, there are some drainage ditches that can be slowed down and run into several of the farms and we would be able to hold those ditches to their smallest part rather than making a big gully out of them,” Piening says. “There are new methods of doing that.”
Farmers located in the four watersheds have until June 15th to apply for assistance. To learn more, click here.
Ken Anderson with Brownfield Ag News for America produced this report.
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