Nebraska's NRDs are involved in a wide variety of projects and programs to conserve and protect the state's natural resources. NRDs are charged under state law with 12 areas of responsibility:

  • Erosion Prevention and Control
  • Prevention of Damages from Flood Water and Sediment
  • Flood Prevention and Control
  • Soil Conservation
  • Water Supply for Beneficial Uses
  • Development, Management, Utilization, and Conservation of Groundwater and Surface Water
  • Pollution Control
  • Solid Waste Disposal and Drainage
  • Drainage Improvement and Channel Rectification
  • Development and Management of Fish and Wildlife Habitat
  • Development and Management of Recreational and Park Facilities
  • Forestry and Range Management

Looking for a speaker focused on Nebraska's water and natural resources conservation efforts? Click here for a list.

Nebraska MEDS
Don't flush leftover medications. They can harm the environment!

If kept in the medicine cabinet, unused or expired medications can fall into the wrong hands and lead to accidental poisoning or illegal use. But you shouldn’t just toss or flush them. Properly dispose of them by returning them to a participating pharmacy. Find a pharmacy near you here!  Or call 1-800-222-1222. 

Help us in creating better water quality for all Nebraskans here.

While all NRDs share these responsibilities, each district sets its own priorities and develops its own programs to best serve local needs.

Districts often team with other agencies to carry out projects. Technical services and administration for many NRD programs are provided by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. State funding for flood control and soil and water conservation projects is administered through the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources.

Local partners often include cities, counties and extension offices. For more on specific NRD program areas, explore other pages in section.

Learn more about each of our programs below.