LENRD To Benefit From Watershed Project Funding

NORFOLK – Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District officials in Norfolk are excited to announce their group joined four other NRD’s across the state receiving over $4.5 million in Watershed Flood Prevention and Operations (WFPO) funding.

According to a release from LENRD, funding came from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The money will be directed towards watershed plans. Other Natural Resources Districts in Nebraska who will benefit from these funds include the Upper Niobrara-White NRD in Chadron, the Middle Niobrara NRD in Valentine, the Central Platte NRD in Grand Island and the Lower Big Blue NRD in Beatrice.

The LENRD received the WFPO funding to complete the Maple Creek Watershed Plan which will evaluate potential flood prevention, watershed protection and agricultural water management projects.

Nebraska State Conservationist are looking forward to working with these Natural Resources Districts on their new watershed projects. After seeing how established watershed projects sprang into action last spring, following the bomb cyclone, reducing flood damages and protecting natural resources are the top priorities of NRCS officials. These new projects plan to provide more benefits to more areas across Nebraska.

The LENRD plan aims to reduce overall flood risk potential and support the largely agricultural economy in the Maple Creek Watershed. With the help of the WFPO funding, this project will surpass previous planning efforts by focusing on the entire area, where previous studies have been smaller in scope.

The four communities of Leigh, Clarkson, Howells and Nickerson are located within the Maple Creek Watershed. These communities and area farmland have a long history of flood damages resulting from large scale watershed discharges and rainfall events. This plan will help further define the need for potential flood reduction projects to protect the watershed.

Visit lenrd.org for more information.