Mayor Chris Beutler today announced that the City was recently awarded a $360,000 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) for the Eastern Saline Wetlands Project. The project also is eligible to receive additional funds the next two years of $730,000 and $310,000.
"We appreciate the continued support from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for these important environmental projects the City is unable to fund on its own," said Mayor Beutler. "This grant will help us conserve one of the most imperiled natural communities in Nebraska."
The eastern saline wetland ecosystem is located primarily in the Salt Creek watershed in northern Lancaster County and southern Saunders County. Officials say conserving the eastern saline wetlands also protects the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle and saltwort plant as well as other flora and fauna which survive in the saline wetlands unique to the area.
The City's project partners include the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nature Conservancy.
NET awarded more than $19 million to 107 projects this year with proceeds from the Nebraska Lottery and private donations.