The Groundwater Foundation Receives Funds from Nebraska Environmental Trust

Dollars Will Fund New and Existing Projects

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jennifer Wemhoff
402-434-2740 ext. 107jwemhoff@groundwater.org


LINCOLN, NE (May 29, 2013) – The Groundwater Foundation is pleased to announce that it will receive funds from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for two continuing projects and two new. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 4, 2013 in Lincoln. The projects are among 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 are carry-over projects.

The Foundation received $42,559 from the Trust for the second year of the “Bridging the Gap in Source Water Protection” project. To help Nebraska homeowners understand that the quality of our groundwater and drinking water is largely dependent on our actions, the project will create awareness of best management practices by showcasing efforts with proven environmental benefits and will provide homeowners with tools to replicate the practices. The Groundwater Foundation will work with proactive sites to incorporate educational activities into events, and develop tools and online resources.

The “LEAP into Groundwater” project also received funding for its second year, for $74,895. The project will collaborate with Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska and integrate experiential-based learning activities about water into the Girl Scouts program, namely in a new series of books recently developed that are dedicated to various issues related to the environment. The Foundation will explore expanding the project beyond Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska to Girl Scouts USA.

“Hydrogeology: Water for the World” is a newly funded project, receiving $72,277. The project will assist in the development of an event for Science Olympiad competitions that challenges secondary school students to research and identify solutions to eliminate or mitigate groundwater degradation. Students will investigate and learn about groundwater, apply the knowledge in order to seek solutions to pollution and other threats, and gain an understanding of further academic and career opportunities.

The other newly funded project is “Growing Groundwater Awareness in Nebraska Phase II” which received $47,726 in its first year. This project will effectively expand the groundwater conservation and protection work accomplished in Phase I of the project. The Groundwater Foundation will continue to increase awareness of Nebraska's water resources, work with communities to take action to protect and conserve the resource from threats such as nonpoint source pollution, and position communities to participate in long-term conservation and protection programs.

The Groundwater Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska that works to educate people and inspire action to ensure sustainable, clean groundwater for future generations. Since its inception in 1985, the Foundation has offered various educational programming for youth and adults. For more information, please visit www.groundwater.org; call 402-434-2740, or e-mail info@groundwater.org.

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. Visit www.environmentaltrust.org to learn more.

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