Funding approved for Watershed Projects across Nebraska
The Upper Niobrara White NRD receives funding for the Box Butte Creek Watershed Plan
LINCOLN — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that five Natural Resources Districts in Nebraska received over $4.5 million in Watershed Flood Prevention and Operations (WFPO) funding. This funding will be directed towards developing watershed plans in the following NRDs: the Middle Niobrara NRD in Valentine, the Central Platte NRD in Grand Island, the Lower Big Blue NRD in Beatrice, the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District in Norfolk. the Upper Niobrara-White NRD (UNWNRD) in Chadron,
The UNWNRD received WFPO funding to complete the Box Butte Creek Watershed Plan which will evaluate flood prevention, watershed protection and groundwater recharge projects. Box Butte Creek is a tributary of the Niobrara River with the watershed covering approximately 144,000 acres of northeast Box Butte and west-central Sheridan Counites.
Dave Carlson, UNWNRD Board Chairman, said “The WFPO funding from NRCS will help identify areas where flooding has frequently occurred and develop a plan to protect property, control flooding and utilize the water to recharge areas where groundwater levels have declined”.
Allen Gehring, NRCS state conservation engineer, will be the Government Representative for these projects. Nebraska State Conservationist Craig Derickson said, “We look forward to working with the Natural Resources Districts on these new watershed projects. We saw how established watershed projects sprang into action last spring following the bomb cyclone reducing flood damages and protecting natural resources. These new projects plan to provide more benefits to more areas across Nebraska.”
The planning process is estimated to be completed in two-years.