Research projects

Nebraska Environmental Trust funds eight research projects in Nebraska | Nebraska today

The Nebraska Environmental Trust has awarded eight grants totaling more than $526,000 to University of Nebraska-Lincoln projects.

The annual grants were awarded to one new project and seven others that have also been funded in recent years.

The new project is research into how to make ethanol production more environmentally friendly by reducing the amount of water and energy needed to produce it and reducing the resulting air emissions. Bruce Dvorak, professor of civil and environmental engineering, leads the project, which received $155,663 from REPORT this year and will receive $44,232 next year. Details

Renewed trust funding went to the following projects:

  • Assessing Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Resources in Districts 5, 6, and 7 to Improve Carbon Management Opportunities in Nebraska, Seunghee Kim, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, $118,438; second year. Details

  • StreamNet: Capacity Building to Improve Water Quality, Jessica Corman, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources, $11,202; third year. Details

  • Improving Statewide Performance of Western Red Cedar Invasion Conservation Investments, Dirac Twidwell, associate professor of agronomy and horticulture, $81,690; third year. Details

  • Attitudes of Nebraska Farmers and Farmland Owners to Targeted Conservation, Andrew Little, assistant professor, School of Natural Resources, $42,448; third year. Details

  • Nebraska Master Naturalist – engaging Nebraska youth as naturalists, Dennis Ferraro, practice teacher, School of Natural Resources, $71,630; second year. Details

  • Niobrara River Ecology and Education, Jessica Corman, assistant professor, School of Natural Resources, $210; second year. Details

  • Detecting Atrazine Dissipation and Evaluating Atrazine-Free Herbicide Programs for Weed Control in Corn and Their Environmental Impact Quotient: Research and Extension, Amit Jhala, Associate Professor of Agronomy and Horticulture, $47,154; third year. Details

The Nebraska Legislature established the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992. Using revenue from the Nebraska Lottery, the trust has provided more than $350 million in grants to approximately 2,500 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 natural resources for future generations.