Noecker to Retire after 40 Years

Noecker to Retire After 40 Years with Central Platte NRD

(GRAND ISLAND, NE) Sandy Noecker, data and compliance officer with the Central Platte Natural Resources District, will be retiring after 40 years of service to the Central Platte NRD. An open house retirement celebration is scheduled for Thursday, September 26, 2019, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the NRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Noecker began her employment as a secretary in 1979 and has held several positions over the last four decades. In 1987 after the NRD purchased new computers, Noecker was promoted to data network specialist for the water quality and water quantity programs. Her title was changed to data and compliance officer in 2003 to better describe the work that she was doing.

Noecker said the accomplishment that she’s most proud of is the NRD’s Groundwater Quality Management Program. The board implemented the phased program in 1987 to address high nitrates in the groundwater and went to online reporting in 2015. The Nitrogen & Irrigation Management Demonstration Project, initiated in 1984, is the longest-existing demo project in the nation and has utilized over 400 demonstration sites on producers’ cornfields to research nitrogen management.  Average nitrate levels have decreased from 19.4 parts per million (ppm) in the 1960s to 13 ppm in 2018.

Noecker said, “Our management program has been a model for other NRDs in the state and entities nationwide who are looking to address water quality problems in their areas.”


Prior to Noecker’s retirement open house, the board of directors will hold their monthly board meeting at 2:00 p.m.  Reports and action at the board meeting will include:

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

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

-Managers Report  Lyndon Vogt, general manager, will report to the board.

-Nebraska Association of Resources District  Jim Bendfeldt will report.

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

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