October 2, 2014
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Pawnee and Richardson counties in southeast Nebraska until 3 p.m. Thursday.
Lauritzen Gardens announced today that it will receive $800,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the "Conservation Center/Demonstration Rain Garden" project.
The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 4, 2013 in Lincoln.
The project is one of the 134 projects receiving $24,247,260 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year.
The project will support the research and educational activities of the new conservation initiative of Lauritzen Gardens.
Key components of the project are a Conservation Center with offices, lab space and imperiled plant greenhouse, a Conservation Garden that will display and interpret endangered plants of Nebraska and the Great Plains, and a Rain Garden that will demonstrate the design and management of bioretention and rain gardens.
The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $195 million in grants to over 1,500 projects across the state.