Excellent Progress-Flood Control

Excellent Progress Being Made on CPNRD’s Flood Control Project- CPNRD Board Meeting Updates The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board saw timelapse footage of the progress being made on the Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Flood Control Project during their February board meeting on Thursday.  Jesse Mintken, assistant manager, reported that Van Kirk Brothers Construction of Sutton, Nebraska, began construction in mid-January with excellent progress given the moderate winter.  The Project’s detention cells, located approximately five miles west of Grand Island at the Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant, are currently under construction. The overall footprint will be 540 acres. Equipment for this major construction includes four scrapers that hold 20 cubic yards, two excavators, four dump trucks that hold 30 cubic yards, a bulldozer and a road grader.  Soil excavated from both cells will be spoiled on site. Mintken said the north detention cell, located on Airport Road, (SCLL4N-E Addition) is nearly completed.  An additional 71,500 cubic yards has been excavated to form this cell.  The southern portion of Phase I (SCLL4-S Phase I) includes approximately 815,000 cubic yards. It is located at Capital and Schauppsville.  Periodic seeding and mulching will take place to ensure that permit requirements are met and that proper erosion control measures are implemented.  The contractor expects to be completed by the end of May if the weather cooperates. Mintken said Phase II is expected to be constructed this coming summer 2017, along with a levee system located at the northwest corner of Grand Island.  The bid letting on that portion of the flood control project will take place in mid-spring. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Irrigation Violations  Luke Zakrzewski, GIS...

CPNRD Provides Funds for Outdoor Classroom at Dodge Elementary

The Grand Island Independent: Thursday, February 16, 2017 8:43 pm By Robert Pore   robert.pore@theindependent.com In a ceremony on Thursday morning at Dodge Elementary School, Marcia Lee of the Central Platte Natural Resources District presented a check for $1,667 to create a monarch butterfly habitat at the school. The NRD board recently approved an application from the Grand Island Public Schools’ Success Academy for the program. The outdoor classroom will be a joint project of the Success Academy, Dodge Elementary, Skills Academy and the Roots & Shoots program. The students will use the outdoor classroom to apply the scientific method in real-world observation and data collection. Also at the event, it was announced that the GIPS Roots & Shoots clubs will host Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations messenger of peace, for a public presentation at 7 p.m. March 9 at the Grand Island Senior High auditorium. The event will be free but will require a ticket. Tickets will be available starting at 8 a.m. Feb. 21 at the GIPS Kneale Administration Building. Goodall is well-known for her nearly six decades of research on the wild chimpanzees of Gombe National Park, where she made the discovery that chimpanzees make and use tools, redefining human understanding of animals. In 1977, Goodall established the Jane Goodall Institute to advance her work around the world. In 1991, she founded Roots & Shoots, the institute’s global program that guides young people in nearly 100 countries in becoming conservation activists. She now speaks about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises and her reasons for hope. In her books and...

College Scholarship Apps Due March 15

CPNRD-Ron Bishop College Scholarship Applications Due March 15 The Central Platte Natural Resources District is accepting applications until March 15, 2017, for the CPNRD-Ron Bishop College Scholarship Program. Each year the CPNRD provides 10 students majoring in a natural resources field with $1,000 scholarships.  The NRD’s Programs Committee ranks applicants according to their major and grade level, with the highest rankings going to those already enrolled in college and pursuing a natural resources career.  Students must also reside within CPNRD boundaries; which reach from Gothenburg to Columbus along the Platte River.   Map | Application Some of the careers that qualify: -Agriculture: Business Representative, Engineer, Inspector, Agronomist, Applied Science/Diversified -Biologist -Engineer: Civil, Mechanical, Chemical -Conservationist, Resources Management -Environmental Educator -Geographic Information Systems Specialist -Geology Engineering -Grazing Livestock System -Hydrologist, Hydrogeologist -Mechanized Systems/Soil and Water Conservation -Rangeland Management -Soil Conservationist/ Soil Engineer -Vocational/Agriculture Educator -Water Resources Specialist -Other related careers Applications are available on the CPNRD website at: cpnrd.org/cpnrd-school-page or by contacting Marcia Lee at (308) 385-6282 or email: lee@cpnrd.org. Central Platte NRD is one of 23 separate Natural Resources Districts created by the Nebraska Legislature in 1972 to protect the state’s natural resources.  The CPNRD strives to protect groundwater and surface water, reduce flood threats, conserve soil health, create and protect wildlife habitat, and educate children and adults to use natural resources...

Feb 9 CPNRD Water Conference

Credits Available at CPNRD Water Programs Conference on February 9th  Program Flyer Attendance at Central Platte Natural Resources District’s Water Programs Conference next Thursday replaces the requirement for landowners to take the Nitrogen Management Certification Test for the NRD’s Groundwater Quality Management Program.  Continuing Education Credits (4 credits) have also been applied for through the NHHS for professional Water Well Contractors License. CPNRD staff and guest speakers will report on groundwater level readings, results from current water usage research, and using CPNRD’s irrigation websites. Al Dutcher, Nebraska State Climate Office, will discuss where dryness issues are most prevalent and whether those areas will be a precursor to localized dryness Jessie Winter, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, will present the NDNR’s INSIGHT website; and Joe Krolikowski, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will present new cost share programs available to landowners. The conference will take place from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds, 1400 E. 34th St in Kearney, NE.  The public is invited to attend.  There is no registration fee and lunch will be catered by Luke & Jake’s Bar-Be-Q.  RSVP is requested for lunch count by calling the CPNRD office at (308) 385-6282 or email Marcia Lee at: lee@cpnrd.org. Updates by CPNRD staff will include: -Groundwater Levels & Real-Time Water Usage Results- Duane Woodward, engineering hydrologist -2 & 10 Rule, Groundwater Exchange Program- Jesse Mintken, assistant manager -Certified Acre Website- Luke Zakrzewski, GIS image analyst -Online Crop Reporting Form-Sandy Noecker, data compliance officer -Project SENSE Results- Dean Krull, CPNRD/UNL demo projects coordinator -Social Media- Marcia Lee, information/education specialist -Platte River Program, Legislative...

Public Invited to CPNRD Conservation Awards Reception

Public Invited to CPNRD Conservation Award Reception (GRAND ISLAND, NE)- The public is invited to the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s Conservation Awards reception on Thursday, December 22, 2016 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at Balz Reception Hall, 213 N Sycamore Street in Grand Island, NE.  Award winners will receive a $100 gift card and a sign to display on their land recognizing their accomplishments.  There is no cost and free hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided by Great Western Bank. This year’s award winners are: CROPLAND: Mark Haskins, Doniphan.  Haskins was selected for implementing buffer strips, center pivots with variable frequency drive (VFD), surge valves, and 100 acres of precision laser controlled land leveling. He uses a controlled traffic ridge till system for soil health by reducing compaction across the field and increasing the amount of crop residue left on the soil surface.  Haskins’ use of telemetry with his flow meters and capacitance probes is beyond most typical installations.  Use of telemetry allows him to know, in real time, the amount of water being pumped, pressures with his systems, and soil moisture conditions so adjustments can be made quickly in response to the conditions. COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP: Ken Seim Family, Chapman.  The Seim family was selected for their willingness to adopt new practices that are beneficial to the protection of the environment and betterment of their crop production procedures. They are true agricultural leaders, hosting several field days to familiarize other producers on new irrigation techniques, moisture sensors, cover crops and SDI.  Tom Schleif, NRCS, said, “Of all the exceptional things the Seim operation has accomplished; Ken’s willingness to help...

Want to Sell or Lease Water for Next Year?

The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) has started the pre-approval process for the Groundwater Exchange Program, which provides a way for producers to buy or sell water use for the upcoming irrigation season. During the pre-approval process, staff verifies that all participants are in compliance with CPNRD’s Rules and Regulations, document whether the participant is acting as a buyer or seller, the location and amount of water use, and whether the buyers want to purchase water for irrigation or for streamflow. Those interested in participating must be pre-approved by November 23, 2016. The online bid window for those pre-approved will be open from December 1 through December 9, 2016.  Buyers and sellers will go online to the CPNRD Exchange website with the personal ID that staff has provided to them.  Sellers will enter the amount that they would like to receive for their water use, and buyers will enter how much they are willing to pay. Central Platte NRD and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources have partnered in the financial cost to develop an algorithm that selects the best matches based on information that each seller and buyer enters- such as the price, location of water, and the depletion to the river.  The program then generates a report of all the matched exchanges.  The NRD’s Rules and Regulations regarding the transfers of groundwater irrigated acres are built into the computer program. Bids are based on acres, consumptive use, and streamflow depletion to the Platte River. The National Economic Research Associates (NERA) is the consulting firm who developed the computer program, accepts the bids, and provides CPNRD with...