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Evaluating Wetland Condition Across Nebraska

Assessing vegetation and soil.


January 2016 - August 2018


Starting in 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) initiated a program of National Wetland Condition Assessments (NWCA), with repeat sampling every five years. In addition to the National Assessment, Nebraska has participated in conducting an intensification of the project to increase the number of wetlands sampled in Nebraska. In 2011, wetlands in eleven Biologically Unique Landscapes were sampled. For the current study, the focus has been tightened onto five Biologically Unique Landscapes: Sandhill Fens in Cherry County and Western Subirrigated Alkaline Meadows in the northwest corner of Nebraska, Cottonwood–Diamond Willow Woodlands along the Loup Rivers, Eastern Bulrush Deep Marsh Community along the Central Platte, and Freshwater Seeps in northeastern Nebraska.

The primary goals of this project are:
1. Evaluate the vegetation of the vegetation, soil and water of Nebraska wetlands, within five Biologically Unique Landscapes.

2. Identify benchmarks for similar wetlands to be compared to in the future.

Research Products and Activities


  • Dreier, C. 2018. Nebraska wetland condition assessment: intensification of the national wetland condition assessment throughout Nebraska. Thesis, University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



  • Craig AllenPrincipal Investigator
  • Cody DreierStudent

Funding Agencies



Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey