Upcoming Board Meeting

Central Platte NRD to Present Spring Water Levels

(GRAND ISLAND, NE)  The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) will present the spring 2018 static groundwater level results at their June board of directors meeting, with a comparison of groundwater levels in 1982. The 1982 levels were established as the standard for CPNRD’s Groundwater Management Plan with maximum acceptable declines and a margin of safety calculated for each of the District’s 24 Ground Water Management Areas (GWMA).

The accumulated change from 1982 to 2017 was 0.85’ lower district-wide. Groundwater levels are measured annually from mid-April to mid-June. Six of the 24 GWMAs are currently in the 25 percent decline suspension.  If the water table would fall to 50 percent of the maximum decline, Phase II would go into effect requiring mandatory reductions in irrigated acres. CPNRD serves 11 counties including all of Dawson and parts of Frontier, Custer Buffalo, Hall, Howard, Nance, Merrick, Hamilton, Platte and Polk. Interactive maps are available at http://cpnrd.gisworkshop.com.

The CPNRD Board meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at the CPNRD’s office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE.

OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS

-Budget  The Budget Committee will review the 2019 Fiscal budget.  The board will review and take action on the budget of expenditures at the board meeting for the purpose of holding a public hearing in July.

-180-Day Stay  The Water Quantity Committee will discuss the 180-day temporary stay on new wells and new irrigated acres that was implemented in May and the update to the water transfer tool. Updates will allow staff to implement new depletion numbers and calculations determined by the Cooperative Hydrology Study (COHYST) Groundwater Model.

-Levee Bids  The board will review bids and select a contractor to build a levee for the Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Flood Control Project in northwest Grand Island. Construction will include a reinforced concrete box culvert, earthen embankment, site grading, storm drainage piping, surfacing, seeding and any other work necessary to provide a complete working system. A pre-bid meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. The sealed bids will be opened at 1:00 p.m. on June 26th.

-Platte River Implementation Program  Mark Czaplewski, biologist, will give an update on the Program.

-Tree/Weed Barrier Sales  Kelly Cole, programs coordinator, will report on the number of seedlings and the miles of weed barrier sold through the Conservation Tree Program.

-Nebraska Association of Resources District  Jim Bendfeldt will report.

-Nebraska Natural Resources Commission  Mick Reynolds, Middle Platte Basin representative, will report.

-Natural Resources Conservation Service  Joe Krolikowski, District liaison, will report to the board.

-Cost-Share  Applications through the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation and the Central Platte NRD cost-share programs will be considered.

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*Board meetings are held at 2:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month (unless stated otherwise) at the CPNRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue, Grand Island NE 68803.   Contact the CPNRD staff at (308) 385-6282.