JEO is excited to share the news about several of our clients recently receiving funding for their community betterment projects.

City of Glenwood, Iowa
Earlier this month, Glenwood, IA was awarded two grants to help cost-share the lazy river feature at the new Charles E. Lakin Aquatic Center. Specifically, the city received a $3,000 grant from the Black Hills Energy – Community Giving Program and a $50,000 grant from the Iowa West Foundation. These grant funds will supplement a $450,000 grant awarded to the city from the Charles E. Lakin Foundation in May 2014 and $57,350 in private donations raised to date.

Village of Firth, Nebraska
On January 15, Firth, NE was awarded a $84,750 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to cost-share the installation of a new splash pad in Firth Park. The new splash pad will be approximately 46 feet by 29 feet in size (1,334 square feet) and initially equipped with six to eight water spray structures or ground spray features. The awarded funds will cover about 50% of the splash pad’s total cost.

City of Lexington, Nebraska
On January 15, Lexington, NE was awarded a $30,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund grant to install three ADA fishing piers around the soon-to-be rehabilitated Plum Creek Park. These new fishing piers will provide safe and easy shoreline fishing access to all anglers, regardless of physical ability. The piers will also further the city’s long-standing commitment to persons with disabilities in the full and equal enjoyment of public accommodations.

Also on January 15, Lexington, NE was preliminarily awarded a $290,000 Nebraska Environment Trust Fund grant to help cost-share the restoration the community lake at Plum Creek Park. The rehabilitation plan calls for lake dredging (to optimize aquatic vegetation growth and sustainable fish habitat) and shoreline stabilization (to minimize the amount of sediment entering the lake and promote greater water clarity). Other funding for the project will come from a $75,000 CLEAR grant through the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, a $30,000 Land and Water Conservation Grant through the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, a $10,000 grant from the Lexington Community Foundation, and matching funds (in-kind and cash) from the city.

Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District
On January 15, the Middle Niobrara Natural Resources District was preliminarily awarded a $250,000 Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund grant to help cost-share the Long Pine Creek Watershed – Phase I Implementation Project for the priority sub-watersheds. Specific activities will include:

  • design and permitting of eight (8) grade control structures to address stream instability and aquatic habitat issues;
  • identification of specific locations for implementing up to 12 best management practices (BMPs) to manage irrigation and surface water runoff;
  • hiring of a watershed coordinator to work closely with the landowners to implement BMPs; and
  • implementation of numerous structural and agricultural BMPs to correct land use deficiencies contributing to pollution of surface water and groundwater, instability of streams and degradation of aquatic and terrestrial habitats.

Matching funds for the project will come from NDEQ’s Section 319 Program and from project sponsors.

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We want to congratulate Glenwood, IA; Firth, NE; Lexington, NE; and the Middle Niobrara NRD on their recent and incredibly exciting news. We’re looking forward to seeing your projects come to life!

If your community would like to explore potential funding sources for your community projects, please contact Terry Meier, JEO’s funding specialist, at tmeier@jeo.com.