Feb 27 Board Action

Central Platte NRD Board Selects Fire Contractor (GRAND ISLAND, NE)-  The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors selected Scholl Fire and Fuels Management to implement 10-17 burns within the District this spring at their board meeting on Thursday. Landowners have applied for prescribed burns on up to 6,000 acres. Scholl had the low bid of $64,441 to supply a fire crew and equipment for 26 days. The CPNRD’s Prescribed Fire Program’s goal is to control undesirable vegetation, prepare sites for harvesting, planting or seeding; reduce wildfire hazards, improve wildlife habitat and plant production, remove slash and debris, and to restore and maintain ecological sites. Other Board Action -Outdoor Classroom Application  The Programs Committee approved an Outdoor Classroom Community application in the amount of $2,000 from Success Academy of Grand Island Senior High to plant 23 trees on Grand Island Boulevard. The trees will replace those lost to disease and storms. Students will be partnered with the City of Grand Island Parks and Recreation Department to receive hands-on training to learn how, when, and why it’s important to have a diversified tree canopy for our community. -Project Amendment  The board approved Amendment #9 in the amount of $135,539.97 from JEO Consulting Group to align an access road for a berm extension, install staff gauges, implement a flood alert modeling program, and develop an ArcGIS online map viewer for the Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Creek Flood Risk Reduction Project. -Grant Application The board authorized staff to apply for a Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program (WFPO) grant for the Turkey Creek Watershed (49,011 acres) through the USDA- Natural Resources Conservation...

CPNRD to Select Fire Contractor

PRESS RELEASE Central Platte NRD Board to Select Fire Contractor (GRAND ISLAND, NE)-  The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors will review bids and select a fire contractor at their meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020. The NRD hires a contractor and crew to implement burns within the District for landowners who have applied for a prescribed burn. The program’s goal is to control undesirable vegetation, prepare sites for harvesting, planting or seeding, to control plant disease, reduce wildfire hazards, improve wildlife habitat, improve plant production quantity and/or quality, remove slash and debris, enhance seed and seedling production, to facilitate distribution of grazing and browsing animals, and to restore and maintain ecological sites. Other Board Agenda Items -Outdoor Classroom Application  The Programs Committee will review an Outdoor Classroom application from the Success Academy of Grand Island Senior High to plan 23 trees down Grand Island Boulevard to replace trees lost to disease and storms. -Chairmen Selections  Board members will select a chairman for the Water Quality, Water Quantity, Variance/Appeals, Programs, Eastern, and Western committees -Groundwater Management Plan   Update on Olsson’s rewrite of Central Platte NRD’s Groundwater Management Plan. -Legislative Report  Report on bills relating to natural resources introduced in this session. -Managers Report  Lyndon Vogt, general manager, will report to the board. -Natural Resources Conservation Service  Joe Krolikowski and Janelle Taubenheim will report. -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. -Primary...

Jan 23 Board Action

PRESS RELEASE VanMatre and Ostermeier Elected as CPNRD Secretary & Treasurer (GRAND ISLAND, NE)-  The Central Platte Natural Resources District board of directors elected Deb VanMatre (Gibbon) for board secretary and Keith Ostermeier (Grand Island) for board treasurer at their meeting on Thursday. Officers may serve two, two-year terms. VanMatre has served one term as secretary and Keith Ostermeier took the seat held by Chuck Maser who had served two full terms as treasurer and was not eligible for re-election. Other Board Agenda Items -Violation Reports  Luke Zakrzewski, GIS image analyst, reported that 12 landowners/producers irrigated land that isn’t certified or approved for irrigation through a transfer in 2019. Zakrzewski said the number of violations has continued to drop each year. Violation letters will be mailed next week notifying violators that they must contact the CPNRD by February 27th to resolve the violations. If the land continues to be irrigated without certifying the acres in question, a cease and desist order will be issued and violators could face action in District Court. Tricia Dudley, water quality programs assistant, reported that 10 producers who received cease and desist orders in December had not resolved their violations for failure to submit their 2019 Nitrogen Management forms and/or tests. CPNRD legal counsel will contact the following individuals about potential penalties: Andrew Blessin, Kenesaw; William/Hazel Johnston, Vacaville CA; John Kearney, Overton; Mike Munsterman, Glenville; Jeff Perry, Shelby; Donald Santin Jr, Fullerton; William Soll, Columbus; Tim Sullivan, Lincoln; Richard Urban, Silver Creek; Quincy Week, Kearney. Irrigated acres under a cease and desist order cannot be irrigated until they are in compliance with the District’s...

December 19 Board Mtg

PRESS RELEASE Central Platte NRD Reports Historic Groundwater Level Increases from Spring to Fall (GRAND ISLAND, NE)- The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) saw historic groundwater level increases in 2019. On Thursday, Luke Zakrzewski, data image analyst, reported to the CPNRD board of directors that of the 363 wells read by staff in both the spring and the fall this year, there was a district-wide gain of 0.76 feet from Gothenburg to Columbus. With crop irrigation that normally takes place from May until August in central Nebraska, it is unusual to have wells that record an increase from spring to fall. The historic precipitation that the District received attributed to 210 of the well levels increasing an average of 2.51 feet; and 153 wells that declined an average of 1.65 feet. Zakrzewski said 20 of the wells recorded their highest groundwater level and 50 wells had readings in the top 10% of their respective historic range. Most of the wells have been monitored each spring and fall by the CPNRD since the mid-1980s. Other Board Agenda Items -Board Secretary & Treasurer  Deb VanMatre, Gibbon, was nominated for a second term as board secretary by the NRD’s board nominating committee. Keith Ostermeier, Grand Island, was nominated for board treasurer. Officers may serve two, two-year terms. Chuck Maser, Grand Island, has served two full terms as treasurer and is not eligible for re-election. The election will be held at the January 23rd board meeting. -Funding Request  The board approved assisting Hall County with funding up to $30,000 for a portion of the County’s Amick Acres subdivision project. -Cease & Desist...

Nov 21 Board Meeting

58 Producers to Receive Cease & Desist Orders (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – On Thursday, the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors approved issuing Cease and Desist Orders to 58 producers for failure to submit crop report forms for the CPNRD’s Nitrogen Manage­ment Program. The number of violations represents less than two percent of the 5,500 forms submitted annually. Producers in Phase II/III program must file reports for all crops grown including corn, sorghum, potatoes, beans, alfalfa, and all small grains. The form includes actual crop results for the 2018 crop year and planning for the 2019 crop year. The annual report forms are due March 31st as part of the District’s Groundwater Quality Management Program. Irrigated acres under a cease and desist order cannot be irrigated until they are compliant with the Program. Potential penalties for violation are: the possibility of a fine not less than $1,000 and up to $5,000 per violation and/or a loss of irrigated acres, ineligibility for NRD cost-share, and restriction from transferring any irrigated acres. Violators may request a hearing in front of the Board within ten (10) days of receiving the certified Cease and Desist notification. BOARD ACTION ITEMS -Dianne Miller to Retire  Dianne Miller, administrative director, will retire effective November 30, 2019. Miller has been employed by the Central Platte NRD for 47 years, since the NRDs were established, and worked for the Mid-Platte Valley Watershed which was merged into the NRDs. Dianne oversaw the accounting system, District operations insurance, NRD elections, and board meeting minutes. She served on the NRD/NARD Employees Benefits and NARD Intergovernmental Risk Management Pool...

Oct. 24 Board Meeting

PRESS RELEASE Buyout Options in Flood-Prone Areas Presented to Central Platte NRD Board (GRAND ISLAND, NE)  – Katie Ringland, chief floodplain manager with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, presented several buyout options and requirements in flood-prone areas at the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors meeting on Thursday. Ringland provided information on three Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants that give communities an avenue to purchase flood-prone structures and maintain the land as open space.  Each program provides cost-share that is typically 75% federal and 25% local. The State of Nebraska is the applicant for each of the grants with sub-applicants (local sponsors) that would include state agencies, villages, cities, counties, natural resources districts, some 501C nonprofits, or federally recognized tribes. Following the March-July 2019 Presidential disaster declaration, Nebraska received approximately $50 million for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program that must be allocated within one year from the date of the disaster declaration. Two buyout or acquisition options are available for property owners. The first includes property acquisition and home demolition with the second including property acquisition and home relocation. Application requirements needed for each property are the scope of work, statement of assurances, sample of deed restriction, citizenship documentation, voluntary interest documentation, title search, budget, schedule, and benefit cost analysis. BOARD ACTION ITEMS -Eastern Project Committee  Chairman Ed Stoltenberg reported that the committee met with area citizens and Wood River Mayor Greg Cramer on October 1, 2019, to discuss what is needed to reduce flooding risks within the town of Wood River due to storm runoff.  Landowners interested in replacing riprap or dirt berms may apply for...