Nebraska Environmental Trust Grants Money To Fontenelle Forest

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Fontenelle Forest is excited to announce that it will receive $231,438.00 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Erosion Repair and Storm Runoff Reduction in the Childs and Mill Hollow Watersheds” project.

The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on
April 4, 2013 in Lincoln. This is the second and final year of award.

The project is one of the 134 projects receiving $24,247,260 in grant awards from the Nebraska Environmental Trust this year. Of
these, 87 were new applications and 47 were carry-over projects.
Fontenelle Forest Nature Center is a 1,400 acre natural area in northern Sarpy County, and is owned and managed by Fontenelle Forest.

Within the Forest upland are seven drainage basins, or watersheds
which drain in a northeasterly direction toward the Missouri River.

Three of the largest watersheds extend beyond nature center boundaries. Residential development in the upper reaches of these
watersheds has changed the hydrology from its historic conditions; resulting in erosion and siltation, loss of water quality, damage to wildlife habitat, and public safety concerns.

In 2007, FF and the City of Bellevue co-sponsored a grant request and received Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) funds to match federal dollars to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
(COE) to conduct a Watershed Stabilization Study under the Section 22 program.

The study resulted in a detailed ground survey of each watershed, an analysis of the historical and post development hydrology of each, and conceptual recommendations for repairing problems. Repair of the easternmost watershed, known as Coffin Springs, was completed with NET funds in 2011.

The current project will utilize funds to repair storm runoff damage in the two remaining watersheds, Childs and Mill Hollows, over a two year period. The work in Childs Hollow is straightforward, while the Mill Hollow project will result in an extensive makeover of the present watershed drainage pattern.

The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $199 million in grants to over 1,600 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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