Spring Water Levels to be Released

The Central Platte Natural Resources District will release the spring 2017 static water 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).

In 2016, the maximum level of decline ranged from 10 feet in the eastern end of the District to 30 feet in portions of the western end.  As a proactive measure, a trigger was set that suspends supplemental wells and transfers into those areas that have reached a 25 percent decline.  Currently, five of the District’s 24 GWMAs are 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, triggering mandatory reductions in irrigated acres and spacing limits for new irrigation wells would be established. Interactive maps available at http://cpnrd.gisworkshop.com.

The report will be given at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, 2017 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 2018 Fiscal budget.  The board will review and take action on the budget at the board meeting for the purpose of holding a public hearing in July.

-Cease & Desist Request Luke Zakrzewski, GIS image analyst, will request filing cease and desist orders for irrigation violations that have not been resolved.

-Tree Program- Kelly Cole, programs coordinator, will report on the 2017 tree and weed barrier sales.

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

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

-Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD)  Jim Bendfeldt will report.

-Cost Share The board will consider applications through the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation and CPNRD cost share programs.