Developing Nebraska's Natural Resources...
Protecting Lives,
Protecting Property,
Protecting the Future

The LRNRD fund provides monies for cost-share assistance to help encourage the proper decommissioning of water wells that are no longer needed or used.

pdf Well Decommission Cost Share Form

Administered by the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the Natural Resources Districts and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Nebraska Soil & Water Conservation Fund provides state financial assistance to Nebraska landowners for the installation of approved soil and water conservation measures that improve water quality, conserve water, and help control erosion and sedimentation.

The LRNRD’s annual tree planting program encourages area landowners to engage in soil erosion and conservation practices. On average, the LRNRD sells 25,000 trees each year.


Each year, the LRNRD grants two scholarships, each worth $1,000, to eligible college students. New scholarship deadline is April 1.

LRNRD Scholarship Guidelines 2024

LRNRD Scholarship Application 2024

ACE (Adventure Camp about the Environment) SCHOLARSHIPS 

Environmental camp for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. 

ACE Camp will be held at Kamp Kaleo in Burwell in 2024. Camp dates are June 23-26, 2024. Check back for more information.

Check out the Facebook page at Adventure Camp about the Environment (ACE Camp).


NE Youth Range Camp for 14-18 year-olds


Check out the Facebook page at Nebraska Youth Range Camp.

Corners For Wildlife gives landowners the option of enrolling in a program to help establish wildlife habitat on center pivot corners not capable of sustaining high yields when planted to row crops. Pivot corners already containing wildlife habitat are not eligible for the program as the object of the program is to establish new wildlife habitat.

Buffer strips are strips of grass and/or trees that slow water runoff, trap sediment and enhance water infiltration in the buffer itself. They also trap fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria, pathogens and heavy metals, minimizing the chances of these potential pollutants reaching surface or groundwater sources.

Water Jamboree is an educational fun day for fifth and sixth grade students from schools located in the Lower Republican Natural Resources District, the Tri-Basin Natural Resources District (Phelps, Gosper, Harlan, Franklin, Kearney, Furnas, Webster and Nuckolls Counties in Nebraska) and north central Kansas (including the cities of Phillipsburg and Kensington). Students attending will be involved in interdisciplinary water activities relating to aquatic life, recreational uses, water quality, non-point source pollution, irrigation, historical aspects of water, plants and water, and how water quality affects wildlife.

The event is a copperative effort provided by the Tri-Basin NRD, Lower Republican NRD, Nebraska Extension, Post Rock Extension, the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the US Army Corps of Engineers. The Water Jamboree will be held on two days (a Tuesday and Wednesday or Wednesday and Thursday) in late April.  Activities are held both indoors and outdoors at the Camp Joy and the Harlan County Reservoir. 

2023 will be the 30th year for the Water Jamboree. Approximately 500 students and 60 adult volunteers attend the festival.

Lower Republican NRD | 30 North John Street | P.O. Box 618 | Alma, NE 68920 | Phone: 308.928.2182 

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