The Nebraska Environmental Trust has awarded $360,000 for a wetlands project in Lincoln and $200,000 to help restore Carter Lake in Omaha.
Lincoln officials say the Eastern Saline Wetlands Project is key to protecting the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle and saltwort plant.
The wetlands are part of the Salt Creek watershed in Lancaster and Saunders counties.
In Omaha, the grant will help the city rehabilitate Carter Lake, along the Missouri River.
The lake was placed on a state list of impaired waterways in 2002 because of high nutrient levels, and work continues to correct the problem.
The trust awarded more than $19 million to 107 projects for 2012.
The money comes from Nebraska Lottery proceeds and private