January 21 Public Hearing

The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s Board of Directors will hold a public hearing at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2021, at the Central Platte NRD office; located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, Nebraska. The NRD is proposing to add a section to the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s Ground Water Management Program Rules and Regulations titled Section B-Rule 8: 30-Year Acreage Reserve Program-Participation Eligibility and Rules. PROPOSED CHANGES The 30-Year Acreage Reserve Program will provide a long-term solution in protecting surface water rights. Irrigation districts will sign up for the conservation program and surface water users will have the option to opt-in or opt-out of the program annually. The Program was developed to ensure that supplies in the Platte Basin are optimized and managed efficiently with maximum benefits and to meet water management obligations for the Basin-Wide Plan for Joint Integrated Water Resources Management of Overappropriated Portions of the Platte River Basin, CPNRD’s Integrated Management Plan, and Nebraska’s New Depletion Plan for the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program. The complete text of the proposed 30-Year Acreage Reserve Program is available here or by calling the Central Platte NRD office at (308) 385-6282 during normal weekday working...

November 19 Board Mtg

Central Platte NRD Board ApprovesDrainage & Conservation Agreements PRESS RELEASE Central Platte NRD Board to Approves Drainage and Acreage Reserve Agreements (GRAND ISLAND, NE)- The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors approved an agreement to improve drainage both up and downstream of the Platte Valley Industrial Park (PVIP) area in Grand Island at their meeting on Thursday. The project will consist of grading existing county road ditches from Blaine Street to Schimmer Drive, easements, and installation of a 36″ storm sewer pipe that would drain into the south channel of the Wood River Flood Control Project. Central Platte NRD will manage construction and acquisition of all right-of-way and/or easements within city limits. The estimated $650,000 project cost will be shared by the partners including Central Platte NRD, Grand Island Economic Development Corporation, Grand Island City Council, and Hall County. Central Platte NRD’s cost is estimated to be $180,000 and will be funded in two fiscal budget years. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Acreage Reserve Program The board approved holding a public hearing to consider hosting a 30-Year Acreage Reserve Program to include in Chapter 8 of the CPNRD’s Ground Water Management Plan Rules and Regulations. The conservation program will provide a long-term solution in protecting surface water rights. Irrigation districts will sign up for the program and surface water users will have the option to opt-in or opt-out of the program annually. The Program was developed to ensure that supplies in the Platte Basin are optimized and managed efficiently with maximum benefits and to meet water management obligations. A public hearing will be held at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday,...

October 22 Board Meeting

JEO Consulting Group Presents Floodplain Maps to Central Platte NRD Board (GRAND ISLAND, NE)-  Lalit Jha, JEO Consulting Group, explained the new floodplain maps to the Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) board that were approved by FEMA to integrate flood reduction risks from the Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Flood Risk Reduction Project. The project was completed in March 2019. The maps can be viewed and downloaded at https://www.grand-island.com/departments/regional-planning/regional-planning/flood-maps Chad Nabity, City of Grand Island, described his ‘relief’ when FEMA released the Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) in September that consists of seven revised map panels in northwest Grand Island and in Hall County north and west of Grand Island. The LOMR reduces the floodplain and ultimately requirements for flood insurance for 1,600 property owners and new areas to be developed. Project partners include the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, Central Platte NRD, City of Grand Island, Hall County and Merrick County. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Soil Health Agreement  The board approved a subaward agreement with The Nature Conservancy that establishes terms for the $4.4 million Resilient Futures for Nebraska Soil Health initiative through the Resource Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The Upper Big Blue NRD is also partnering on the project to provide central Nebraska producers technical and financial assistance for soil health improvement practices. The funding for the RCPP is provided by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and matched by companies in the agricultural supply chain. The goal of the initiative is to improve soil health on 100,000 acres of cropland over the next five years by implementing cover crops, reduced tillage, and diversified crop rotations.  Partners plan to enroll 20,000...

September Board Meeting

PRESS RELEASE Central Platte NRD Selects JEO to Develop Elm/Turkey Creek Watershed Environmental Assessment (GRAND ISLAND, NE)-  The Central Platte Natural Resources District selected JEO Consulting Group to develop a Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Plan (WFPO)-Environmental Assessment to address flooding in the Elm and Turkey Creek Watershed at the board meeting on Thursday. JEO’s Plan approach will use a detailed hydrology and hydraulic model complemented with data from the Nebraska Department of Transportation studies, existing topographic surveys, field site visits, public input and 2019 flood event flow input. The model will illustrate anticipated inundation areas from various events, reductions from alternatives, and project screening. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Water Quality Committee  Chuck Maser, Director, reported that four of the five producers who were issued cease and desist orders in May remain out of compliance with the Groundwater Quality Management Program including Bernard Katzberg, Mike Munsterman, William Soll, and Richard Urban. Katzberg, Urban, and Artie Moller violated the cease and desist order with possible fines to be imposed through the District court process. Artie Moeller provided the required reports after the legal process had begun. -New Employees  Lyndon Vogt, General Manager, reported that Elison Wagner, Columbus, was hired as the CPNRD/NRCS/Rain Water Basin Joint Venture (RWBVJ) habitat specialist. Through an agreement with the Nebraska Community Foundation and the RWBJV, the Central Platte NRD will be reimbursed quarterly for the two-year position. Jackie Luebbe was hired as CPNRD/NRCS secretary in the Grand Island office. Both employees will work at the USDA-NRCS Service Center in Grand Island, NE. -ArcGIS   Jesse Mintken, Assistant Manager, presented information on the ArcGIS Solutions Platform used by...

Public Meeting- Lower Wood River Watershed Plan

The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to hold a virtual public meeting regarding the Lower Wood River Watershed Improvement Project Work Plan – Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA). Due to social distancing requirements, the meeting will be held virtually through Zoom on August 18, 2020, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to watch the live presentation online. The meeting will also be recorded and a link to the recording will be posted on the CPNRD’s website. The Zoom meeting information is as follows:  https://bit.ly/3fR6YDr Meeting ID: 819 2503 7780     Password: 141296 The Lower Wood River Watershed Improvement Project is located along the Wood River downstream of Riverdale to the confluence with the Platte River and is focusing on benefiting agricultural areas and the communities of Gibbon, Shelton, Wood River, and Alda. The purpose is flood prevention and the first step is a 24-month planning process to identify projects, such as berms, dams, channel cleanout, bridge and culvert improvements, and by-pass channels that will reduce flood damages and protect lives and infrastructure. Once the Plan-EA is approved, the CPNRD will work with NRCS and other funding agencies to move into the design and construction phases. During the meeting, attendees will be able to learn more about the Plan-EA from project personnel, as well as ask questions and provide feedback. Written comments will be accepted for up to 14 days after the meeting. The Plan-EA is being prepared to fulfill National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) responsibilities pertaining to federal financial assistance received through the NRCS’s Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO)...