Loup Basin Resource Conservation and Development Council Receives Grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

Burwell, NE – April 29, 2019 – Loup Basin Resource Conservation and Development Council announced today that it will receive $46,862 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Cedar River Corridor Project III” project. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 4, 2019 in Lincoln. The project is one of the 117 projects receiving $19,501,444 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 85 were new applications and 32 are carry-over projects. The Cedar River Corridor Project III is a regional project covering more than 100 miles along Cedar River that runs through five counties and six communities. This project addresses the Environmental Trust’s priorities: Habitat and Surface and Groundwater. This is a follow up to the Cedar River Corridor Projects I and II that stabilized 32 streambanks from 2002-2005 The streambanks were stabilized to reduce surface water degradation and sedimentation loading of the river system, improve the aquatic habitat through riparian buffers and increased vegetation, decrease the amount of sediment and chemicals entering the river and reverse the loss of prime cropland and rangeland. Very little post monitoring has been conducted to determine the success of the two previous projects. An extreme flow event occurred following the 2010 failure of Lake Ericson Dam, potentially causing many of the stabilized streambanks to fail. A study to evaluate the various treatment alternatives implemented, their success and function, and their cost-effectiveness would be important for future similar efforts, and could save thousands of dollars on future stabilization projects, in the Cedar and other Nebraska Rivers. This proposed project will evaluate the effectiveness of the 32 stabilized streambanks, installed in 2002-2005 on Cedar River, that were partially funded by the Environmental Trust. The primary goals are to: 1) quantify the stream bank erosion rates with and without stabilization prior to and after dam failure; 2) assess the current stability of streambanks with and without stabilization; and 3) quantify the cost effectiveness of the various practices used for streambank stabilization. This project will be a collaboration, between the Loup Basin RC&D (Outreach), University of Nebraska-Lincoln (technical assistance), Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (monetary assistance) and landowners in the watershed (transportation and accessibility to study sites). Funding from the NET and NDEQ will provide funds for field data collection and graduate student support. The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $305 million in grants to over 2,200 projects across the state. Anyone – citizens, organizations, communities, farmers and businesses – can apply for funding to protect habitat, improve water quality and establish recycling programs in Nebraska. The Nebraska Environmental Trust works to preserve, protect and restore our natural resources for future generations.

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Region 26 Council | Emergency Management & 911 Communications Center

March 1, 2019 – Alma Beland, Director, Emergency Manager, Region 26 Council Emergency Management & Communications Center invites everyone to the third annual Weather Symposium and discusses the details with Janet Sanders. 

North Loup River Public Power & Irrigation District – Water Conservation

Amos Lange, General Manager, North Loup River Public Power and Irrigation District working with Tony Randone, District Sales Manager, RoadBuilders Machinery and Supply Co., Inc. to install underground pipe for water conservation and ease of distribution of water to Farmers and Ranchers along the North Loup River Corridor.

Amos Lange, General Manager discusses water conservation improvements in the North Loup River Public Power & Irrigation District.

Loup Valleys Rural Public Power District – Renewable Energy project.

January 23, 2019 – Chuck Fuhrer, Manager, Loup Valleys Rural Public Power District discusses the first Renewable Energy project in the Loup Valleys Rural Public Power District with Janet Sanders.   



Friday Nite Business Ventures held in Burwell

Friday Nite Business Ventures

We welcome a variety of vendors each week. Please call the Loup Basin RC&D Council office to reserve your vendor booth – 308.346.3393

Friday Nite Business Ventures – Vendor registration form 

Friday Nite Business Ventures on Facebook and Twitter.  #FridayNiteBusinessVentures

“Friday Nite Business Ventures held in Burwell” by Lawrence Johnson, Editor, The Burwell Tribune

March 9, 2018 The first Friday Nite Business Ventures was held at the Loup Basin RC&D/Loup Rivers Scenic Byway Interpretive Center, located along Highway 11 in Burwell.

Entrepreneurs and businesses were invited to display products and services from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the one-room school house site.

Shelly Albrecht of rural Brewster displayed her homemade soaps and lotions all produced from her own goat herd.

Karp and Krow were selling raffle tickets for their 10 guns giveaway or Ord or Burwell Chamber bucks. The money raised goes toward the 4-H conference shooting costs.

Sarah Jeffres displayed her Premier Jewelry items.

Simply Sunflower of North Loup grows and then makes their own organic sunflower oil and distributes it throughout the area and surrounding states.

Amy Hughes had her all natural skin care and makeup products by Alcone available for sampling and purchasing.

Jason Vore and Sean Jeffres had their display of homemade knives as well as some duck calls.
Friday Night Business Ventures will be held again on March 16th and 23rd from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. with new vendors sharing their products.

Thank you Lawrence and Cindy Johnson for your coverage of Friday Night Business Ventures in March 14, 2018 issue of The Burwell Tribune

 

 

Loup Basin RC&D Receives Grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

Lincoln, NE – April 5, 2018 – Loup Basin RCD announced today that it will receive $45,987 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Cedar River Corridor Project III”. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 5, 2018 in Lincoln. This is the first year of award with a potential for 2nd year funding totaling $46,862. The project is one of the 105 projects receiving $18,301,819 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 66 were new applications and 39 are carry-over projects.

The Cedar River Corridor Project III is a regional project covering more than 100 miles along Cedar River that runs through five counties and six communities (Figure 1). This project addresses the Environmental Trust’s priorities: Habitat and Surface and Groundwater. This is a follow up to the Cedar River Corridor Projects I and II that stabilized 32 streambanks from 2002- 2005 The streambanks were stabilized to reduce surface water degradation and sedimentation loading Continue reading

Wheeler County Farmer Directs America’s Grow Communities Donation to Veteran’s Memorial Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured (l-r) Doug Reiter, Dean Miller, Glenn Tetschner, farmer Curtis Weber, Janet Sanders Loup Basin RC&D, Paul Nordhues and Bob Nichols.

Farmers Make a Difference in Rural Communities by Directing Donations from Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program to Local Nonprofit Organizations.

  • The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program will provide more than $3 million in financial support to nonprofits across the US in 2017
  • Since 2010, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program has given more than $26 million to more than 8,000 nonprofits across rural America..

Bartlett, Nebraska, December 14, 2017 – Wheeler County farmer Curtis Weber has won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 dollar donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to the Loup Basin Resource Conservation and Development Council.

Loup Basin Resource Conservation and Development Council will use the funds to help build a Veterans Memorial Wall in honor of all the men and women of Wheeler County who served in the U. S. Armed Forces.  The memorial wall will be placed on the Wheeler County Courthouse lawn in Bartlett.  “We would like to express appreciation to Curtis Weber for directing the Monsanto Funds to the Loup Basin Resource Conservation and Development Council to help fund the Veteran’s Memorial Wall.  This gift is a big help toward the establishment of the Veteran’s Memorial,” said, Doug Reiter.

The Grow Communities program’s purpose is to make a positive impact in farm communities by partnering with farmers to support the causes that are important to them in their communities. Each year, farmers enter for a chance to win a $2,500 donation that they direct to a local nonprofit.

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Scrap Tire Cleanup – June 23, 2017

            2017 Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant

The Lower Loup Natural Resources District has been awarded a 2017 Waste Reduction and Recycling Incentive Grant – Scrap Tire Cleanup from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality.  The grant will fund a tire collection coordinated by the Loup Basin RC&D.
A Scrap Tire Collection will be held Friday, June 23rd, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. only at the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway, 330 South Highway 11 in Burwell – south of Longhorn Lanes, across the highway east of the Burwell Jr. Sr. High School.  Tires on rims and tires for which a disposal fee has been received will not be accepted at the collection.  Tires of all sizes: tractor, combine, pivot, truck and auto tires will be accepted. Local veterans will be taking the following information from those bringing in tires: name, address, phone number, number of tires and from where the tires came.  The Scrap Tire Collection is for the residents of Blaine, Boone, Custer, Garfield, Greeley, Holt, Howard, Loup, Rock, Sherman, Valley and Wheeler Counties in Nebraska.  The Burwell FFA Chapter, Advisor Philip Simpson; Loup County FFA Chapter, Advisor Tanner Dunbar and Wheeler Central FFA Chapter, Advisor Kelly Guggenmos will be helping with the unloading of the tires and a free will donation will be given to the chapters.
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Spalding Fish Passage Open House, Sunday, June 25, 2017

An open house has been scheduled for Sunday, June 25, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Spalding Fire Hall, 101 West Memorial Drive, Spalding, Nebraska to provide area residents information on the October 2016 completion of the installation of the Spalding Fish Passage Project on the Cedar River.     A Denil style fish passage system at the dam is now allowing fish to navigate the river around the dam and hydropower station.   Previous studies have shown that upstream passage was exceptionally difficult for channel catfish, a popular sportfish in the Cedar River.  JEO Engineering of Lincoln, and B-D Construction of Columbus teamed up to design and construct a fish passage system that focuses on channel catfish, but will be available to all fish species native to the river, including the shorthead redhorse, sauger, northern pike and flathead chub.
Installation of the fish passage detection system is also complete and electronic tagging of nearly 600 fish of multiple species is being used to monitor movements. While the Nebraska Environmental Trust funded the majority of the construction, the project involved many other sponsors including the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Village of Spalding, and the Loup Basin RC&D Council.
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Loup Basin RC&D Assisting Kansas Ranchers

The Loup Basin RC&D Council accepted donations to assist Kansas ranchers that were devastated by fire in the spring and summer months of 2017.  After receiving the donations, we then worked with Brad Spelts, owner of Spelts Lumber Company to deliver 800 6 1/2′ GRN/WH 1.33 steel posts, 50 lbs. 1 3/4″ GALV Double Barbed Staples Class III and 4,000 T-post clips to Ashland Feed & Seed at Ashland, Kansas.

Pictured is Brad Spelts owner of Spelts Lumber Co in Burwell and Janet Sanders, Executive Director of the Loup Basin RC&D Council.  Photo credit: McBride Photography.

Press Release – March 28, 2017

The Loup Basin Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council announces today that the nine county organization in central Nebraska is accepting donations to assist the Kansas ranchers recently devastated by fire.  The immediate need for the Kansas ranchers is fencing supplies including: creosote posts; 3 ½ inch x 8 feet, T posts; 6 1/2 feet, Red Brand 80 Ruthless 4 Pt Barbed Wire 12 1/2 Gauge, staples; 1 3/4 inch, T post clips, nine penny nails, number nine wire for tie-downs and fence corners, Goldenrod wire stretchers, post hole diggers, hammers, fencing pliers, and leather fencing gloves.  

Donations to assist the Kansas Ranchers can be made payable to the Loup Basin RC&D Council a 501(c)(3) Mark in the for area: Donation – Kansas Ranchers Fence Supplies. Mail donations to P.O. Box 400, Burwell, Nebraska 68823 or drop by the office at 330 South Highway 11, Burwell.  If you have questions, contact Dale Melia, President of the Loup Basin RC&D Council at (308) 728-7275 or Janet Sanders Executive Director of the Loup Basin RC&D Council at (308) 346-3393.  

 

Gabe Brown Conference – Monday, December 5

Cover Crop & No-till Conference featuring Gabe Brown

On Monday, December 5, 2016 the Loup Basin RC&D in Burwell and the NRCS office in Ord are hosting the Gabe Brown Conference.

Gabe Brown is from North Dakota and will highlight his 5,000 acre farm/ranch, discussing his no-till operation utilizing cover crops and grazing them. Promoting soil health and explaining how he now uses zero synthetic fertilizers, fungicides and pesticides in his operation and also out yields his neighbors. He successfully has less inputs and much more profit.

REGISTRATIONS ARE CLOSED.  SEE YOU IN ORD!

Brown’s information will be valuable to area producers, with Gabe answering questions during and after the program.

The conference will be held at the

Trotter Event Center,  127 Trotter Avenue,  Ord, Nebraska

The program will be from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m

Registration fee –  $10.00 includes conference and lunch catered by Whitefoot Catering.
Complete registration – by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 21, 2016.
Make check payable to: Loup Basin RC&D Council.
Contact: Janet Sanders
Please click for flier: Gabe Brown – Cover Crop & No-till Conference December 5, 2016
YouTube – Soil Matters on the Farm