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2007 Media Releases


Date:
May 4, 2007
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Terry Genrich, Parks and Recreation, 441-7939
Tom Malmstrom, Parks and Recreation, 441-2729


GRANTS AWARDED TO TWO WETLAND PROJECTS

Mayor Coleen J. Seng today announced that the City is receiving $194,121 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) for the Eastern Saline Wetlands Project and the Wilderness Park Wetland Restoration Project.

The Eastern Saline Wetlands Project is receiving $150,000 for the final year of a three-year $800,000 grant. The project is preserving and protecting the most imperiled natural area in Nebraska, which is located primarily in the Salt Creek watershed in northern Lancaster and southern Saunders counties. The funds are being used for land acquisition, restoration and the purchase of easements in cooperation with willing landowners. The land acquired or protected by conservation easements also will provide flood control and water quality protection. The City is partnering in this project with Lancaster County, the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District (LPSNRD), Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, USDA – Natural Resources and Conservation Service, the Home Builders Association of Lincoln, The Nature Conservancy and the Wachiska Audubon Society.

The Wilderness Park Wetland Restoration Project will receive a one-year $44,121 grant. The project will restore about 17 acres of freshwater wetlands at eight sites in the flood plains of Salt Creek. This will provide flood control and protect the quality of the stream water and groundwater from urban and agricultural pollutants. The project also will restore a habitat within a seven-mile strip of park land in the middle of an urban setting. The City’s partners in this project are Lancaster County, the LPSNRD, Friends of Wilderness Park and the Wachiska Audubon Society of Southeast Nebraska.

The NET has provided grants to 952 projects across Nebraska since it was created by the Nebraska Legislature in 1992. C itizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs.


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