Urban Planning

The Little Blue NRD has developed programs to assist urbanized areas in their efforts to reduce and prevent soil erosion, flooding and related resource problems. We also provide technical and financial assistance to establish, develop and improve public parks, recreation areas and trails.

Photo credit: Trent Bosler

Community Tree Resources Program

This program offers financial assistance to citizen groups, civic organizations, and governmental agencies in the development and improvement of Urban Tree Resources.  The Community Tree Resources Program encourages cities to develop an ongoing tree improvement program which, according to Community Forestry standards, qualifies them for Tree City USA designation under the Tier One criteria.

Outdoor Classroom

Bring our natural world to life for students of any age with an outdoor classroom.  Schoolyard classrooms serve as a “down to earth” way to learn about our natural surroundings.  They develop sanctuaries for birds, butterflies, insects, reptiles, small mammals and other wildlife.

The Little Blue NRD offers schools, FFA and 4-H groups the opportunity to develop an outdoor classroom with a $200 grant made available for materials.

The District may also make available free seedlings from Halsey forest, grass drill, grass seed, and other materials.

Municipal Water Supply

This program is intended to provide assistance to communities for improvements in their water system to mitigate the impacts of non-point source groundwater contamination for the protection and public health of the community’s residents.  The reasons for system improvements must be related to the impacts of contamination from pollution sources which are non-point in nature, not from point source contamination.  General modification, improvement or expansion of a water well or distribution system are not eligible activities.

Urban Park & Recreational Trails

The District will provide technical and financial assistance to governmental agencies in their efforts to establish, develop and improve public parks, recreation areas, and trails. Priority is given to projects that develop outdoor recreation, camping, and picnicking facilities.

Urban Conservation Assistance

This program provides assistance to citizen groups and governmental agencies in their efforts to reduce and prevent soil erosion, flooding and related resource problems in urbanized areas. The District will provide technical and financial assistance on eligible projects sponsored by citizen groups, private organizations or governmental agencies.