Mission Statement

The Central Platte Natural Resources District strives to protect groundwater and surface water, reduce flood threats, reduce soil erosion, create and protect wildlife habitat, and educate children and adults to use natural resources wisely.  The Central Platte is one of 23 separate NRDs created by the Nebraska Legislature to protect our natural resources. Our mission is  to protect groundwater and surface water, reduce flood threats, reduce soil erosion, create and protect wildlife habitat, and educate children and adults to use natural resources wisely.

On July 1, 2017, Nebraska’s NRDs will celebrate the 45th anniversary of protecting lives, protecting property, and protecting the future.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT CPNRD

~Land Acres: There are 2,136,304 acres. ~Irrigated Acres: There are 1,028,055 irrigated acres in CPNRD.  936,579 are groundwater; 14,315 acres are surface water; 77,161 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.

 CPNRD w red boundary

 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: The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s property tax levy for the 2016/2017 fiscal budget and the property tax request are both down from the 2015/2016 fiscal budget.  The levy was approved at 0.03582, down from 0.03842; while the tax request is $6,106,674.82, down $9,034.82. The property taxes received by CPNRD provide funding to develop flood control projects, manage water quality and soil health, address groundwater and surface water uses, provide cost share to producers, recreation, wildlife habitat, and other natural resources benefits.

STAFF:  Click here for staff profiles and contact information.

WATER MANAGEMENT:  2015 Water Use Summary |  Timeline

  • Master Plan 2011-2021. This plan outlines the District’s goals and objectives for the next 10 years.
  • Long Range Implementation Plan 2016-2021. This plan outlines the District’s goals and objectives for the next 5 years.
  • 2017 Know Your NRD  Fact Sheet

Nebraska’s 23 Natural Resources Districts (NRDs)

23 NRDs map

| Water Management in Nebraska– all 23 Natural Resources Districts (NRDs)

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