Bow Creek Watershed Winter Meetings
The Lewis & Clark NRD is hosting winter meetings for area farmers, ranchers and landowners to learn more about the Bow Creek Watershed Project and the conservation practice incentive and education payments available.
Meetings will be offered twice once at 11:00 AM at the Wynot Fire Hall (405 Jones Ave., Wynot), and once at 5:00 PM at the Lewis & Clark NRD (608 N Robinson Ave., Hartington). An overview of the Bow Creek Watershed Project will be followed by a provided meal and networking. After the meal speakers will discuss benefits and practical application strategies for the highlighted conservation practice.
December 6, 2021 practice focus: Nutrient Management
January 10, 2022 practice focus: Cover Crops and Crop Rotations
February 7, 2022 practice focus: No-till and Livestock
March 7, 2022 practice focus: Putting it All Together - Overcoming Challenges
Please RSVP to Becky Ravenkamp at 402-254-6758 or email names of attendees to email@example.com.
The Bow Creek Watershed contains 392,574 acres in portions of Cedar, Dixon, and Knox Counties. A rich history extends back to before the days of Lewis and Clark. Clark’s journal entry on August 26, 1804 mentions Bow Creek, writing, “above the mouth of this creek a Chief of the Maha Nation displeased with the conduct of Black Bird, the main cheif, came to this place and built a town which was called by his name Petite Arc (or Little Bow)...we gathered great quantities of grapes and three types of plumbs, one yellow round, one ovel and one the common wild plumb.”
In 2019, the Lewis & Clark NRD updated their Water Quality Assessment Plan and added Bow Creek as a priority area based on Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy Basin Rotation water quality testing. The 2016 Basin Rotation water quality testing showed elevated levels of sediment, phosphorus, nitrates and E. coli in Bow Creek. Working with FYRA Engineering, models were created to show the potential to decrease nonpoint source pollutants in Bow Creek by increasing the adoption of best management practices (BMPs) in priority Bow Creek sub-watersheds.
Those best management practices include, but are not limited to:
- Nutrient Management
- Cover Crop
- No-till Management
- Land Use Change: CRP or Riparian Buffer Strips
- Grazing Management Plans
- Livestock Exclusion Plans with Alternative Water Sources and Fencing
- Septic System Upgrades
Through grants from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy, these BMPs are eligible for additional practice implementation and education payments through the Bow Creek Watershed Project. Practices must be part of approved conservation contracts to be eligible. Details for implementation of BMPs will be planned with NRCS technical assistance and Bow Creek programs will then be applied for through the LCNRD office. For more information contact:
Bow Creek Watershed Coordinator
Lewis & Clark NRD Office
608 N Robinson Ave., Hartington, NE 68739