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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: 1,029,213 irrigated acres in CPNRD.  937,674 are groundwater; 14,359 acres are surface water; 77,180 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.

 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 NRD board approved the Fiscal 2021 budget on July 23, 2020. Total requirements for the general and sinking fund are $24.7 million with the required property tax of $4,059,000; a decrease of $147,325 compared to the 2020 budget. The major expenditures in the proposed budget are $4 million to meet future Integrated Management Plan compliance, and $2.1 million in Watershed Flood Prevention and Operations grants to complete watershed assessments.

The tax levy hearing will be held at 1:45 p.m. on September 3rd just prior to the August board meeting. The board meeting is being held a week later to accommodate the advertising requirements; since the valuations are not available from the counties until August 20th.

The 2020 budget property tax request was $4,204,344.77; which was down $323,412.83 compared to the 2019 budget. The total valuation received from the district’s 11 county assessors increased .5122% to $17,666,288,850 and was at 0.023799. A homeowner with a home valued at $100,000 will pay $23.80 for conservation benefits provided by the Central Platte NRD including flood reduction, nitrate management, water use management, soil health, cost-share to producers, recreation, and education.
CPNRD Budget-Nebraska Auditors of Public Accounts  |  PDF


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: