Natural Resource District's 2017 Legislative Conference begins in Lincoln

LINCOLN, Neb. Experts from across the state came together in Lincoln to discuss big topics when it comes to Nebraska’s natural resources.

The Natural Resource District’s Legislative Conference kicked off with opening remarks from Governor Pete Ricketts on Tuesday.

The conference will continue on Wednesday and takes place at the Embassy Suites in downtown Lincoln.

Some of the topics discussed will include water and soil conservation, pollution control and an update on the latest status of Emerald Ash Borer in Nebraska.

Dozens of Nebraska senators are confirmed they’ll be attending the conference.

A few important topics that affect all Nebraskans include:

- An opportunity to learn how water is not only the number one priority in Nebraska but is also the top priority of our National and International Security. Discussion on worldwide natural resource challenges and how it impacts immigration, migration and food security.

- An update on the latest status of the Emerald Ash Borer in Nebraska, and activities underway at Nebraska Forest Service to help battle the beetle. The presentation will also outline the details of legislation introduced for the Tree Recovery Act.

- Nebraska’s Bazile Groundwater Management Area (BGMA) Project is the first federally recognized groundwater-focused plan to address pollution in the nation. Learn what the project has accomplished in just the last few months and the big plans for making a positive difference in our conservation efforts in the future.