Nebraska Environmental Trust awards $1.9 million in grants to university projects

Published by IANR News

The Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) has awarded 21 grants totaling more than $1.9 million to University of Nebraska-Lincoln projects, including several DWFI Faculty Fellows. The grants were awarded by the NET board in June, part of a total of 118 projects receiving $20 million.

Grant amounts awarded to DWFI Faculty Fellows in 2020:

  • StreamNet: Building capacity to improve water quality, $307,730, Jessica Corman, School of Natural Resources.
  • Improving soil health using heat-treated manure, $105,552, Xu Li, civil Engineering
  • Improving statewide performance of conservation investments on Eastern redcedar invasions, $77,000, Dirac Twidwell, agronomy and horticulture
  • Transforming manure and cedar mulch from “waste” to “worth” – Part II, $59,813, Amy Schmidt, biological systems engineering
  • Developing a statewide community tree canopy map in Nebraska, $51,057, Yi Qi, School of Natural Resources
  • Water use and soil-water storage effect of individual and mixed cover species and impacts on soil quality variables, $153,026, Suat Irmak, biological systems engineering.
  • Beneficial impact of injected air into a subsurface drip irrigation system on plant growth and uptake of emerging antibiotics using runoff from a feedlot, $104,847, Xin Qiao, biological systems engineering.
  • Citizen Science: A valuable approach for monitoring groundwater quality in the Bazile Groundwater Management Area, $86,939, Matteo D’Alessio, Nebraska Water Center.
  • Delivery of watershed science education to decision makers – a multi-agency collaboration, $71,751, Troy Gilmore, School of Natural Resources.
  • Developing a decision-support tool for the successful incorporation of cover crops into Nebraska cropping systems, $41,530, Andrea Basche, agronomy and horticulture.

The Nebraska Legislature created NET in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the Trust has provided more than $328 million in grants to more than 2,300 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. NET works to preserve, protect and restore natural resources for future generations.

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