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    Rainwater Basin pumping fund.

    Hunters whose favorite Rainwater Basins are dry as waterfowl seasons are approaching will be happy to know there is still time to contribute to a fund to help make pumping possible in some of the basins.

    “Friends of the Rainwater Basin” is spearheading the fund drive. Steve Moran of Grand Island, coordinator for the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, oversees collection of money donated to the cause. He also serves as the liaison between the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and Ducks Unlimited. The money is held in a nonprofit, tax-deductible account with the Nebraska Community Foundation. All of the money donated will be used to make pumping possible.

    Many of the basins already have pumps in place, but operating them is very expensive.

    The USFWS and the Commission will determine which basins will be pumped and when, depending on weather conditions and management plans. To be effective, pumping should occur after the first killing frost of the fall when plants that would normally consume some of the water will be gone and evaporation will be minimal.

    Water pumped into the basins will attract both waterfowl and hunters, who will surely follow, bringing a much-needed economic boost to the area.

    The water will also benefit other wildlife species and many times carries over to spring migration

    Donation checks to help pay for fall pumping should be made payable to Nebraska Community Foundation and sent to Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, Attention Dianne Kelley, 2550 North Diers Avenue, Suite L, Grand Island, NE, 68803.

    Additional information may be found on the Friends of the Rainwater Basin web site at and on the Commissions web site at on the Hunting page.

    Remeber every dollar helps. No donation is too small.
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