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Mission Statement

The mission of the Central Platte Natural Resources District is to wisely conserve, manage, and enhance the water, soil, range, wildlife, and forest resources within the District for the benefit of all. Nebraska’s 23 Natural Resources Districts have been protecting lives, protecting property, and protecting the future since 1972.


Land Acres: 2,136,304 acres
Irrigated Acres: 1,028,616 irrigated acres in CPNRD.  936,894 are groundwater; 14,356 acres are surface water; 77,129 acres are co-mingled use (groundwater & surface water.)
Population: According to the 2010 Census, the municipal population of the District is 137,966.
River System: River system includes 205 miles of the Platte River, 49.9 miles of the North Channel, and 173 miles of the Wood River.
Congressional District: The entire district is within the Third Congressional District.
Legislative Districts:  22, 23, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 41, 43 are within CPNRD.
Education: ESUs 7, 9, 10 are within CPNRD.

We are responsible for:

  1.  Soil conservation and erosion control.
  2.  Flood prevention, control & channel rectification.
  3.  Drainage.
  4.  Groundwater, surface water, and water supply.
  5.  Water quality, pollution control, solid waste disposal and sanitary drainage.
  6.  Fish and wildlife habitat.
  7.  Forestry management.
  8.  Recreation and parks.
  9.  Range management.

The Central Platte NRD boundaries reach from the Lincoln-Dawson county line near Gothenburg to Hwy 81 near Columbus.  The District includes all or parts of 11 counties: Dawson, Custer, Buffalo, Hall, Howard, Nance, Merrick, Hamilton, Platte, Polk & Frontier.

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 Central Platte NRD Address: 215 Kaufman Avenue, Grand Island NE 68803
Phone: (308) 385-6282   Fax: (308) 385-6285

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: The Board of Directors is elected to protect and preserve a wide scope of natural resources within the district.  There are 21 members, each serving a four-year term.  The board consists of one At-Large member and two directors in each Subdistrict.  Directors are elected in alternate election years for four-year terms.
Board Meetings| Board Members | Election Information               Meeting Minutes  |  Upcoming Meeting

BUDGET: Fiscal Year 2019/2020 budget of $20,896,780.63 was approved in July. The property tax request estimated at $4.2 million is down $323,412.83 compared to last year.  Based on the District’s total valuation from last year, the estimated levy would be approximately 0.02392. A levy hearing will be held at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 29. 2019, just prior to the board of director’s August meeting.

STAFF:  Staff profiles and contact information.

WATER MANAGEMENT:  Groundwater Management Program |  Timeline

Nebraska’s 23 Natural Resources Districts (NRDs)

23 NRDs map

Nebraska Association of Resources Districts

Nebraska’s 23 NRDs     |    History of the NRDs by Hazel Jenkins


Water Management in Nebraska- 23 Natural Resources Districts (NRDs)

Water Programs in each Natural Resources District

Nebraska Groundwater Management Protection Act (2016)

To learn more about Nebraska’s 23 NRDs, visit the
Nebraska Association of Resources Districts website: