Current Competition

2021 NCF-Envirothon

The 2021 NCF-Envirothon annual competition will be Virtual!

The National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Board of Trustees and the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) announced the decision to transition the 2021 NCF-Envirothon annual competition to a completely virtual format due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.

Read the full press release here.

More details about the competition will be released as they become available. Nebraska's Current Issue of "Water Resources Management: Local Control and Local Solutions" and the training resources for the Current Issue (found below) will remain the same. Nebraska's local ecology will continue to be spotlighted in the areas of Soils and Land Use, Forestry, Aquatic Ecology and Wildlife. Site-specific resources will be released in the coming months. The Virtual 2021 NCF-Envirothon will be an innovative competition, with the same high quality training, testing and commitment to providing students with the knowledge and skills to change the world.
Hosted by the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln
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2021 Current Issue

Water Resources Management: Local Control and Local Solutions

Nebraska is fortunate to sit atop the Ogallala aquifer, one of the largest unconfined aquifers in the world. This natural resource provides drinking water for most of the state and has enabled Nebraska to lead the country as the #1 irrigated state, helping to sustain agriculture as the states leading industry. Managing and protecting this resource is the responsibility of Nebraska’s unique local Natural Resources Districts (NRDs). While NRDs have maintained groundwater levels near pre-development levels, competing uses and variable supplies have placed additional management requirements on locally elected policy makers.
Students will learn the concepts of how water is managed in Nebraska, and how the local Natural Resources District system works to address integrated water management challenges.

Key Topic and Learning Objectives

Key Topics:

1. Understanding how groundwater and surface water systems function.
2. Understanding the importance of water quality and quantity as a foundation in a healthy ecosystem
3. Understanding a variety of water quality indicators in different landscapes.
4. Understanding a variety of water quantity indicators in different landscapes
5. Understanding how sustainable and best management practices enhance and protect water quality and quantity for humans and wildlife.
6. Understanding the differences of local, regional, and national systems that manage natural resources and the importance of each in water resources.
7. Understanding the social, economic, political impacts of natural resources management and decision making.

Learning Objectives and Resources:

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Nebraska State Specific Learning Objectives and Resources: TBA - April 2021

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Soil / Land Use
Aquatic Ecology

Water is the driving force of all nature. – Leonardo da Vinci
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