Water & Environment Programming
We provide research-based programs and educational materials to help you understand the value of Nebraska’s natural resources and the value of good stewardship to ensure sustainability of those resources.
Healthy, Sustainable & Diverse Landscapes
By promoting plants adapted to Nebraska's climate extremes, emphasizing the importance of landscape diversity to minimize the impact of insect and disease problems, teaching water-wise landscape practices, and increasing the quality, productivity and safety of home food production, UNL Extension strives to improve the quality of life for all Nebraskans. Resources include:
- Backyard Farmer, televised since 1953. A great resource for both home gardeners and industry professionals.
- Urban Agriculture is a resource for vegetable and fruit growers.
- UNL's Master Gardener program trains volunteers, who extend the reach of Extension through their work with youth, community gardens and the general public.
- The unique needs of acreage owners is addressed through Acreage Insights.
Water Quantity and Quality
Extension educational programs can help you efficiently manage water resources. An extensive water website is dedicated to this issue. Know how to safely manage potential contaminants to protect water quality and learn how to conserve water with implementation of new irrigation technologies, increased efficiency of current water use, and adoption of cropping systems more tolerant of drought or limited water conditions. The High Plains Regional Climate Center has information on soil moisture status, evapotranspiration, and much more. Another resource is the National Drought Mitigation Center.
Use our educational programs to know more about integrated pest management (IPM), recycling agricultural pesticide containers, and proper pesticide handling, storage and application techniques. Some resources are:
- Pesticide Safety Education Programs
- Weed Science
- High Plains Integrated Pest Management Guide
Western Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Western South Dakota
- Nutrient and Pesticide Management, Heartland Regional Water Coordination Initiative
Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri
Environmental Management for Wildlife and Plant Diversity
Our educational programs encourage locally based partnerships and application of research-based information for addressing issues related to management of eco-systems to sustain diversity of animal and plant species. Some resources are:
- Center for Grassland Studies
- Urban Lakes, UNL Extension in Douglas/Sarpy Counties
- Wildlife Damage Management, eXtension.org
Energy - Renewable Alternatives
UNL Extension targets bioenergy opportunities for Nebraska, utilization of feed co-products from ethanol production, and sustainable cropping systems to supply a bio-energy industry. Other renewable energy alternatives include wind and solar energy. In addition, home energy resources can help consumers save energy and make an impact on their monthly bills as well as the long term environmental footprint. Resources include:
Water Wise: Drought Effects on Turf in the Landscape, G2191
Periods of drought can damage turfgrass. Through careful selection of turfgrass species and irrigation, turfgrass can remain healthy.
Water Wise: Managing Low-Capacity Private Drinking Water Wells During Drought, G2188
Groundwater from aquifers supplies almost all household water use in Nebraska’s rural areas. When groundwater levels decline during a drought, efficient water use and good management of groundwater are particularly important.
Water Wise: Water Conservation In The Home, G2190
Efficient water use is important during periods of drought. Selecting water-efficient appliances and keeping fixtures in good working order can reduce the amount of water used in homes.
University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension Educators are producing valuable resources on video website like Vimeo and YouTube. However multiple locations and accounts can make it challenging to find these resources. ExtensionTV brings together video from registered sites on YouTube, Vimeo, and UNL streaming accounts on a website optimized for multiple devices. Videos are sortable by category, popularity, and latest content.
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