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UNL Presents Vadose Zone Nitrate Findings  PDF (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – Dr. Dan Snow, director of Water Sciences Laboratory, UNL, gave a progress report on the Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) Vadose Zone Nitrate Study at CPNRD’s board of directors meeting on Thursday. Core samples were collected for vadose zone nitrate including some areas that were sampled in the 1990s. The report showed locations of the first eight core samples collected with comparison of nitrate profiles to previous time periods, and estimation of nitrate transport rates at each location. As part of this three-year vadose zone study, approximately 27 sites collected across the CPNRD between 1990 and 1996 have been digitized and are being used to compare recent profiles at these sites to determine how fast nitrate is moving and whether changing land use management has resulted in reduced loading of nitrate in the vadose zone. These sites are all being used for agricultural production. The first eight sample results indicate that lowering nitrogen fertilizer amounts applied, reducing irrigation water applied, and changing land use practices at the surface may be lowering the nitrate concentrations in the vadose zone. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Bid Letting The board awarded the Phase II construction bid for the Upper Prairie/Silver/ Moores Creek Flood Control Detention Cell Project in Hall County to Hooker Brothers Construction Company of Grand Island in the amount of $2,246,959.00. Nine bids were received to excavate 1,036,300 million cubic yards of dirt for the detention cell. Hooker Brothers had the low bid, which was $1,175,041 below the engineer’s estimate. Construction will begin in mid-July and be completed by May...

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Board of Directors Meetings Board Meetings are normally held at 2:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Central Platte NRD office, 215 Kaufman Ave in Grand Island NE.   Upcoming Board Meetings: July 27, August 31, September 28, October 26  Click here for agenda. Upcoming Events JULY Mon-Tues. July 3/4: Independence Day observed.  Office closed. Thursday, July 27:  Board of Directors Meeting 2:00 p.m. AUGUST Wednesday, August 16: Project SENSE Update. 10:00-Noon. Public Invited- click here for details. Mon-Thurs. August 28-31: NRDs @ Nebraska State Fair- Visit us in the Sustainability Pavilion from 9:00-4:00. Thursday, August 31:  Board of Directors Meeting 1:00 p.m.  Duane Woodward’s Retirement Open House 3:30-5:00 p.m. SEPTEMBER Monday, September 4: Labor Day observed.  Office closed. Tues.-Thurs. September 12-14: NRDs @ Husker Harvest Days- Visit our building on 6th Avenue. Wednesday, September 20: South Central Range Judging Contest-Valley County Thursday, September 28:  Board of Directors Meeting 2:00 p.m. OCTOBER Thursday, October 26: Board of Directors Meeting 2:00 p.m. For more information on any of these events, contact the CPNRD staff at (308) 385-6282 or email:...