Nov. 30 Board Meeting

Central Platte NRD Board to Meet November 30th The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors will hold their regularly scheduled meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017.  The meeting will be held at CPNRD’s office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Board Officer Nominating Committee- The Board will elect a three-member board officer nominating committee to make recommendations for secretary and treasurer. Board officers may serve two, two-year terms. Barry Obermiller, Grand Island, has served two full terms and is not eligible for re-election as secretary. Charles Maser, Grand Island, has served one full term and is eligible for re-election as treasurer. -Audit Report- Allison Petr, Lutz Accounting, will present the 2016/2017 audit report. -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. -Upcoming Events The board will meet on December 21, January 25, and February 22. Water Information Update: February 7 from 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Hotel Grand, Grand...

Flood Control Contract Amendments Approved

Central Platte NRD Board Approves Flood Control Contract Amendments The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors approved Contract Amendment #6 with JEO Consulting in the amount of $320,635.25 at their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday. The amendment will extend services for the Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Flood Control Project (PSM) for land/easement negotiation, an operation and maintenance manual, desktop dam failure exercise, flood alert system feasibility evaluation, project highlight information and benefit cost update, and a conditional letter of map revision for FEMA. A change order (#2) was also approved with Van Kirk Construction to extend their contract to April 30, 2018, to allow additional time to smooth and seed the bottom of detention cells on PSM due to wet weather conditions. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Modeling Update  Jim Schneider, Olsson Associates, said results of the Hydrogeologic Evaluation and Subregional Groundwater Modeling shows that excess flows from the Dawson County Canals is being returned to the Platte River more quickly than anticipated; which is a positive effect. The subregional model covers three percent of the Cooperative Hydrology Study area, allowing for a more detailed and complex evaluation of how water moves through the river and aquifer system. Several subregional models are being conducted in Nebraska. -Canal Update  Brandi Flyr, hydrologist, gave an update on excess flows and temporary transfers on the NRD’s surface water canals in Dawson County. Flyr reported that CPNRD continued to work with Cozad, Orchard-Alfalfa, and Thirty-Mile canals to increase streamflow and aquifer recharge.  Immediate streamflow benefits occurred through temporary water agreements that reduced the amount of surface water diversions from the river, thus increasing streamflow...

Hazard Mitigation Plan Approved

NEWS RELEASE Central Platte NRD Approves Hazard Mitigation Plan Update (GRAND ISLAND, NE)-  The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors adopted a resolution to approve the updated CPNRD Hazard Mitigation Plan during their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday. CPNRD sponsored both the initial development of the plan in 2010 and the current updated Plan. Local cities, towns, villages, schools, and fire departments that participated in the planning process and adopted the plan locally are now eligible to apply for FEMA grants aimed at implementing mitigation projects to reduce future losses from natural hazards. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Kearney Whitewater Association Bruce Karnatz presented an update on the Association’s efforts to remove litter, promote water safety, and improve public access to the 2.5-mile water trail on the Platte River/Turkey Creek. Karnatz said the board is working to extend the water trail another 13 miles to the Bassway Strip Highway 10 bridge and requested the NRD’s assistance with flood prevention and mitigation, invasive species control, bank stabilization, stormwater solids reduction, hazard removal, and improved public access. The Association was provided CPNRD’s new Urban Conservation Cost Share Program which assists sponsors with the acquisition of land, or land rights, and to establish, develop and improve public recreational areas. -Platte River Program  Mark Czaplewski, biologist, gave an update on the Program’s Governance Committee’s effort to continue planning for a 13-year extension of the First Increment of the Program; which is set to expire at the end of 2019.  In support of that effort, the Bureau of Reclamation is preparing for the required National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental assessment process.  One...

September 28 Board Agenda

Central Platte NRD’s board of directors will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017.  The meeting will take place at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE and is open to the public. AGENDA 1. NRCS Report Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report to the board. 2. Kearney Whitewater Bruce Karnatz, Kearney Whitewater Association, will report on recent projects. 3. Hazard Mitigation Plan The board will consider action to approve the updated Hazard Mitigation Plan. 4. Platte River Program Mark Czaplewski will report on the Platte River Recovery Implementation Plan. 5. Support Letter Lyndon Vogt will request a letter of support be sent in favor of preserving the High Plains Regional Climate Center. 6. Long Range Plan Marcia Lee will present changes to the Long Range Implementation Plan. The board will consider approval of the Plan in October. View 7. Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Jim Bendfeldt will report. 8. Nebraska Natural Resources Commission Mick Reynolds will report. 9. Cost Share The board will take action on cost share requests. 10. Financial Report Action will be taken on the September financial report. 11. Executive Session Discuss land rights negotiations. 12. Upcoming Board Meetings The board will set meeting dates for November and December. 13. Other As may develop prior to the board meeting....

NRD to Consider Hazard Mitigation Plan

NEWS RELEASE Central Platte NRD to Consider Approval of Hazard Mitigation Plan Update (GRAND ISLAND, NE)-  The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors will consider adopting an update of the CPNRD Hazard Mitigation Plan during their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, September 28, 2017. Central Platte NRD sponsored the initial development of the plan in 2010, and is again sponsoring the update of the 2016 plan. Jurisdictions which participate in this planning process and adopt the plan locally become eligible to apply for FEMA grants aimed at implementing mitigation projects to reduce future losses from natural hazards. JEO Consulting Group’s Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Planning team assisted in the plan update. Local cities, towns, villages, schools, and fire departments that participated in the initial Plan were required to participate during the FEMA plan review process to be eligible for the FEMA hazard mitigation grants. The meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. at CPNRD’s office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Kearney Whitewater Association  Bruce Karnatz will give an update to the board. -Platte River Program  Mark Czaplewski, biologist, will give an update on the Program. -Natural Resources Conservation Service  Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report to the board. -Long Range Implementation Plan Marcia Lee, information/education specialist, will present changes to the CPNRD’s Long Range Implementation Plan. -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. -Upcoming Board...

Lower Property Tax Request & Levy

The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) Board set their tax asking down by $476,542 and lowered the levy to 0.03239 for the 2017/2018 fiscal budget of $5,639,132.09.  Last year’s levy was 0.03582. The board set the levy at their August board meeting on Thursday. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Changes to Rules & Regulations The board approved changes to the NRD’s Groundwater Management Rules and Regulations at their board meeting on Thursday. The changes combine and update the Rules and Regulations for all the District’s groundwater management programs into one document including: Fully and Over Appropriated, Water Quality, Water Quantity and Chemigation programs. Two major changes include cease and desist enforcement procedures and removal of the 2 in 10 irrigation rule. The Groundwater Management Plan Rules & Regulations-General Provisions & Procedures for Enforcement is available on request and published on the CPNRD website at: www.cpnrd.org. -Education Programs Starting in 2018-2019, the CPNRD will offer five $1,000 scholarships to junior and senior college students pursuing a natural resources degree through the CPNRD-Ron Bishop College Scholarship Program. The board also approved $5,000 for natural resources presentations and materials for K-12 classrooms in the District. -Urban Conservation Cost Share  The board approved application forms and ranking priorities for a new urban conservation cost share program. The program is designed to assist sponsors in establish, develop and improve public recreational areas and trails, lake drudging, and with the acquisition of land or land rights for recreational purposes. -Funding Requests The board approved a sponsor request in the amount of $500 from NRCS for a Soil Health conference to be held September 6 in Albion;...