The Nebraska Environmental Trust has awarded $360,000 for a wetlands project in Lincoln and $200,000 to help restore Carter Lake in Omaha.
Lincoln officials say the Eastern Saline Wetlands Project is key
to protecting the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle and saltwort
plant. The wetlands are part of the Salt Creek watershed in
Lancaster and Saunders counties.
In Omaha, the grant will help the city rehabilitate Carter Lake,
along the Missouri River. The lake was placed on a state list of
impaired waterways in 2002 because of high nutrient levels, and
work continues to correct the problem.
The trust awarded more than $19 million to 107 projects for
2012. The money comes from Nebraska Lottery proceeds and private