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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Sheila Johnson
Public Information Officer, Nebraska Environmental Trust
Phone: (402) 471-1714
Fax: (402) 471-5528
sheila.johnson@nebraska.gov

Press Release: Nebraska Environmental Trust Funding Categories Roundtable 2015

 

Lincoln, NE –May 22, 2015The Nebraska Environmental Trust will be organizing its 2015 Categories Roundtable Meetings. Grantees, partners, interested members of the public and media may attend the meeting to let their voices be heard in suggesting new categories of funding for the Trust or revising the existing ones.

The Trust sets its funding categories for five-year periods, in a process involving members of the Nebraska public and conservation communities. The Trust currently funds proposals in the following areas: Habitat, Surface and Ground Water, Waste Management, Air Quality and Soil Management.

Any project or portion of a project funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust must achieve one or more of the following Trust categories. These category areas are equally important. Here's a look at the complete funding category statements:

Habitat: actions to preserve or restore native habitats and areas critical to at-risk, rare or endangered species; other preservation actions for at-risk, rare or endangered species including actions to understand ecosystem relationships which inform sound management; community habitat enhancement emphasizing native and ecologically appropriate plantings which provide food and shelter for wildlife; actions to inform and educate which contribute to the attainment of this category.

Surface and Ground Water: actions to preserve or restore lakes, waterways and ground water from degradation or depletion; actions to research, design or foster best management practices; actions to conserve water and/or efficiently and effectively manage water use; actions to inform and educate which contribute to the attainment of this category.

Waste Management: actions promoting and implementing source reduction, waste management or toxicity reduction; actions promoting and implementing the development of recycling markets; actions promoting and implementing reuse and other disposal diversion actions; actions to inform and educate which contribute to the attainment of this category.

Air Quality: actions promoting and implementing clean air strategies; including greenhouse gas reductions; actions to research, design or foster best management strategies; actions to inform and educate which contribute to the attainment of this category.

Soil Management: actions and strategies to preserve, conserve and restore soil health; actions to research, design or foster the implementation and management of these strategies; actions to inform and educate which contribute to the attainment of this category.

There will be a public meeting in each of the three Congressional Districts from 9:30am-3:30pm each day.  A free lunch will be served and there is no registration cost, but we do ask for you to register.  The meetings are:

A lunch will be provided, so if you plan to attend one of the meetings, please RSVP to env.trust@nebraska.gov by May 27th. Please indicate the date and location of which you will be attending.

The Nebraska Legislature created the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided over $233 million in grants to over 1,700 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.

Media members are welcome to attend. Kindly RSVP if you wish to join us for lunch, otherwise feel free to come and go from the events.

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