Northeast Nebraska RC&D Learned of Rural Health Department Work

 At a recent meeting of the Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council they heard from Roger Wiese, Director of the North Central District Health Department located in O’Neill.  He gave a brief history of how and why the public health departments were created in Nebraska.  They started in 2001 and were funded initially in all 93 counties with payout from the tobacco industry lawsuit.  His office covers 9 counties: Cherry, Brown, Rock, Keya Paha, Boyd, Antelope, Pierce, Holt, and Knox.  Some of their programs include Emergency Management Preparedness, mental health issues, substance abuse, natural disasters, and public health symptoms.  Much of their work involves collecting data and information and then acting on it.   He explained that their Miles of Smiles program, which offers oral screening and fluoride varnish for elementary and middle school students in the district, is seeing an improvement with the children’s dental issues.
Jan Jorgensen, Projects Manager, reported that the grant writing workshop held recently was successful with 34 people attending from 23 communities.  They were excited to learn of the granting opportunities that exist and were glad for the chance to meet some of the funders.  Sensitive document shredding events will take place May 8th and 9th in the six communities of Orchard, Creighton, Plainview, Ponca, Hartington and Wayne.  Electronics Recycling is still be planned for this summer with times and locations to be announced.

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Northeast Nebraska RC&D Receives Grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

Northeast Nebraska RC&D announced today that it will receive $24,134.00 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Integrated Management of Noxious Weeds in Biologically Sensitive Areas by the Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area”. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 3, 2014 in Lincoln. This is the third and final year of award. The project is one of the 132 projects receiving $21,750,000 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of these, 56 were new applications and 76 are carry-over projects.
Invasive species are cited frequently as significant threats to biological diversity in Nebraska’s Natural Legacy Project planning document (NNLP). To address issues with invasive species, NNLP recommended development of collaborative conservation efforts to implement strategies that address specific issues in biologically unique landscapes (BUL’s) identified in the plan. One such group is the Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area (NNWMA).  NNWMA is composed of a diverse group of partners and covers 8 counties and 4,610,212 acres of private, public, and tribal land. Eight BUL’s are partially or wholly within NNWMA boundaries.  These include prairies that contain federally threatened Western Prairie Fringed Orchid and state listed Small White Lady Slipper Orchid, as well as habitats that are home to 34 other Tier 1 plant, mussel, fish, insect, bird, and mammal species. 

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Northeast Nebraska RC&D Grant Writing Workshop a Success

A one-day Grant Writing Workshop held April 17th in Plainview was attended by thirty-four individuals from twenty-three communities.  They represented a wide-variety of disciplines including economic developers, hospital staff, city administrators, community volunteers, a housing manager, a tribal representative, non-profit entities, a university scientist, and a librarian. 
Jan Jorgensen, RC&D staff member, shared grant writing basics and tips on what she’s learned over twenty-one years of writing grants.  Being successful takes a well-identified need, the right funder, the right project written in a clear and easily understood method, and good partners.  She told the group that persistence does pay off and “You won’t die if you don’t get the grant, but you certainly won’t get it unless you submit one.” 
Mike Marty and Tom McCauley with the Nebraska Arts Council told of the variety of programs and services they offer through their state agency as well as the many granting opportunities available.  Mary Yager, Humanities Nebraska, updated the group on their granting programs as well as their speakers’ bureau.  They too are a state agency and share similarities to the Nebraska Arts Council, but their grants do not require matching cash.  Heather Hogue, Nebraska Tourism Office offered insight into their two grant programs – the Tourism Marketing grant and a newer one called the Tourism Community Impact grants. 

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Broken Bow, Nebraska hosted the 2014 Nebraska RC&D Association Spring Meeting, April 3 and April 4, 2014

Theme  –   “Strength in Partnering in our Communities”

Dan Hruza. President of the Nebraska State RC&D Association invites everyone to attend the 2014 Nebraska State RC&D Association spring meeting at Broken Bow, Nebraska April 3rd and April 4 2014.

NE State RC&D Association Program April 3-4, 2014,
NE State RC&D Association Registration Form April 3-4, 2014,
NE State RC&D Association Conference Information April 3-4, 2014

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Water Educational Tour Coming in October

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council in cooperation with the Nebraska Well Drillers Association, Lewis & Clark NRD, and Lower Elkhorn NRD are pleased to be offering a full-day tour to learn about the geology of Northeast Nebraska through educational information on the Wau-Col Regional Water System and the variety of geothermal systems in place at Ponca State Park.  Attached please find the letter provided by the Nebraska Well Drillers Association about registration which is now available on their website.  You may want to take advantage of the early bird price available now.  This tour has been approved for 8 hours of continuing education hours.  Space is limited so register soon if you have an interest in this or share it with others who might!  Click here for a flyer of the NWDA NORTH EASTERN NEBRASKA GEOLOGY TOUR


The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council and the Northeast Nebraska Weed Management Area will be hosting a free workshop on noxious weed control on Wednesday, August 21 at the Niobrara State Park Lodge, Niobrara, NE.  The event is open to the public and begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude by 2:30 p.m.   Lunch will be provided.  Farmers, ranchers, and others interested in learning more about Continue reading “NOXIOUS WEEDS FOCUS OF FREE WORKSHOP”

Bee Friendly Tour was Excellent

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council’s  “Bee Friendly” Field Tour  was a success and those attending felt they received more good information than they thought possible at such an event.

Denny Wacker, host and organic farmer, shared his story of becoming organic and how he’d used available programs to help him establish lots of “edges” around his fields that help increase diversity of pollinator species and offer Continue reading “Bee Friendly Tour was Excellent”

SAVE THE DATES: 2013 Household Hazardous Waste Collections Schedule

The Five Rivers Resource Conservation & Development, Inc. will be conducting household hazardous waste collections in Nebraska City, Syracuse, Auburn, Falls City, Humboldt, Pawnee City, Tecumseh, Fairbury, and Crete with financial assistance from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality Waste Reduction & Recycling Program and other assistance provided by the Nemaha NRD, Lower Big Blue NRD, and Jefferson, Otoe, Nemaha, Johnson, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline Counties.DEQ_logo

Save the dates for the 2013 HHW Collections! Locations will be announced in the near future-stay tuned!   Click here to print-SAVE THE DATES: 2013 HHW Collections Schedule News Release – 2013

Otoe County – Syracuse

 Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 from 1:00 PM-3:30 PM

Contact is Carol Crook 402-873-4619 

Otoe County – Nebraska City

 Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 from 5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Contact is Carol Crook 402-873-4619 

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Krista Stueckrath Display at Northeast Nebraska RC&D Office

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council is pleased to be showcasing the artwork of Krista Stueckrath through August 8thKrista Stueckrath2Krista is the daughter of Dean and Stephanie Stueckrath of Osmond and granddaughter of Dorean and the late John Stueckrath of Plainview.  Last summer, as the result of a review of her art portfolio, she was a recipient of a scholarship to the Art Institute in Vermillion.  She graduated from Osmond High School in May and plans to attend USD this fall majoring in business while perhaps pursuing a minor in art.  She’ll also be a member of their marching band.
Krista really enjoys working with acrylic paints, but her display shows how talented she is working with all sorts of media.  Color is used extensively in many of her pieces.  Her favorite picture is of an abstract black tree with a blue moon and lots of other bright colors on the canvas.  The piece that took her the longest to do, a lot of class time plus vacation time at home, used colors that were all mixed to get just the color she had in mind.  It has 10,235 dots all made with a pencil eraser as her stamp.  Continue reading “Krista Stueckrath Display at Northeast Nebraska RC&D Office”

Northeast Nebraska RC&D Hosting Field Tour

The Northeast Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council is hosting a “Bee Friendly” Field Tour on Tuesday, July 30th at Dennis Wacker’s Prairie’s Edge Organic Farm.  The site is located 3 miles east of Plainview on U.S. Highway 20 and 1 ¼ mile south of 540 Ave.  There is a small fee to attend and pre-registration is requested by Monday, July 29th to 402-582-4866 or [email protected].

Pollinators are in trouble.  Parasites, diseases, loss of habitat, and more are threatening their survival, but there’s help if people just know what to do.  The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) website states that 75% of the world’s flowering plants and almost 35% of the world’s crops need pollinators to reproduce.  Many people think Continue reading “Northeast Nebraska RC&D Hosting Field Tour”