Oct. 24 Board Meeting

PRESS RELEASE Buyout Options in Flood-Prone Areas to be Presented to Central Platte NRD Board (GRAND ISLAND, NE)  – A floodplain management specialist with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources will present buyout options and requirements in flood-prone areas at the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s upcoming board of directors meeting. Discussion will include what options are available within the Central Platte NRD and details of the programs. The meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, Nebraska. BOARD ACTION ITEMS -Eastern Project Committee  The committee will continue their discussion on future programs. -Nitrogen Management Compliance  Staff will give an update on the number of violation letters that will be mailed to producers who have not submitted their Nitrogen Management forms for the Groundwater Quality Management Program. -Natural Resources Conservation Service  Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report to the board. -Managers Report  Lyndon Vogt, general manager, will report to the board. -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.  ...

Sept. 26 Board Action

Central Platte NRD Board Supports Platte Valley Industrial Park Request (GRAND ISLAND, NE)- On Thursday, the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors approved a request from the City of Grand Island and the Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation to allow water to be diverted into the south side channel of the Wood River Flood Reduction Project. The request was made to determine a plan to alleviate drainage issues between South Locust Street and Highway 281. OTHER BOARD ACTION -Drop Structure Repair  The board approved a contract with JEO Consulting Group in the amount of $43,500 to survey, design, permit, and construct a new drop structure on the Upper Prairie Silver Moores Creek Flood Reduction Project to protect the streambed of Silver Creek upstream of the detention cell.  The new control structure will be built to replace a concrete structure that failed during the March flood event and will consist of a sheet pile weir with grouted riprap plunge pool. The streambank will be strategically regraded and protected with riprap in eroded areas, estimated at 1,000 linear feet of the streambank. If left unprotected, a headcut will spread upstream, threatening Schauppsville Road, farm ground, and other infrastructure.  CPNRD applied for cost-share for the repair through the NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection Program. -Managers Report  Lyndon Vogt, general manager, gave the following updates: – Oct. 24, 2019: Katie Ringland, Floodplain Management Section Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, will present buyout options and requirements in flood-prone areas. – Oct. 3, 2019: Senator Smith is hosting an Infrastructure Event in the Student Union at Hastings College. – Vogt said the NRD...

Board Agenda September 26

The Central Platte NRD board of directors will meet on Thursday, September 26, 2019, at the NRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. The board meeting is open to the public. BUSINESS 1. NRCS Report   Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report. 2. Variance/Appeals Subcommittee   Review and make recommendations on a variance request from Buffalo County. 3. Eastern Projects   Review and possible action on: A) Platte Valley Industrial Park drainage request. B) Future programs discussion. 4. Platte River Program   Mark Czaplewski will have an update on the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program. 5. Managers Report   Lyndon Vogt will report. 6. Nebraska Natural Resources Commission   Mick Reynolds will report. 7. Nebraska Association of Resources Districts   Jim Bendfeldt will report. 8. Cost-Share   Action on cost-share requests through Central Platte NRD and the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation Program. 9. Financial Report   Action on the September financial report. 10. Award  Sandy Noecker will be presented a certificate for 40 years of service. Sandy’s open house retirement party will follow the board meeting from 3:00-5:00 p.m. 11. Other   As may develop prior to the board...

Noecker to Retire after 40 Years

PRESS RELEASE Noecker to Retire After 40 Years with Central Platte NRD (GRAND ISLAND, NE) Sandy Noecker, data and compliance officer with the Central Platte Natural Resources District, will be retiring after 40 years of service to the Central Platte NRD. An open house retirement celebration is scheduled for Thursday, September 26, 2019, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the NRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, Nebraska. Noecker began her employment as a secretary in 1979 and has held several positions over the last four decades. In 1987 after the NRD purchased new computers, Noecker was promoted to data network specialist for the water quality and water quantity programs. Her title was changed to data and compliance officer in 2003 to better describe the work that she was doing. Noecker said the accomplishment that she’s most proud of is the NRD’s Groundwater Quality Management Program. The board implemented the phased program in 1987 to address high nitrates in the groundwater and went to online reporting in 2015. The Nitrogen & Irrigation Management Demonstration Project, initiated in 1984, is the longest-existing demo project in the nation and has utilized over 400 demonstration sites on producers’ cornfields to research nitrogen management.  Average nitrate levels have decreased from 19.4 parts per million (ppm) in the 1960s to 13 ppm in 2018. Noecker said, “Our management program has been a model for other NRDs in the state and entities nationwide who are looking to address water quality problems in their areas.” BOARD MEETING Prior to Noecker’s retirement open house, the board of directors will hold their monthly board meeting at 2:00...

Board Action -Aug. 29

NEWS RELEASE Central Platte NRD’s 2020 Budget Levy Down (GRAND ISLAND, NE)  The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors approved the levy for their 2020 fiscal-year budget at 0.023799; therefore, a homeowner with a home valued at $100,000 will pay $23.80 for conservation benefits provided by the Central Platte NRD including flood reduction, nitrate management, water use management, soil health, cost-share to producers, recreation, and education. A property tax request of $4,204,344.77 was approved at the July board meeting; which is down $323,412.83 compared to the 2019 budget. The total valuation received from the district’s 11 county assessors increased .5122% to $17,666,288,850. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Schroeder Property  The board selected JEO Consulting to evaluate management alternatives for property purchased in Dawson County in the amount of $109,620. Proposals were also received by EA, Olsson, and the Flatwater Group.  The 157-acre property was purchased in April 2018 with the intention of retiring the pivot and gaining 107 acre-feet (AF). CPNRD intends to retire the groundwater irrigated acres to receive benefits from the retirement, but also wishes to evaluate other potential uses of the property to maximize the hydrologic benefit to meet requirements of the Integrated Management Plan, the Basin-Wide Plan for Integrated Water Resources Management for over-appropriated areas in the Platte River Basin, and Nebraska’s New Depletions Plan. -Recharge Agreement  A recharge agreement with the Nebraska Community Foundation for the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program was approved. The agreement changes the way the CPNRD is paid for groundwater recharge via seepage through the Six Mile, Cozad, Thirty Mile, and Orchard Alfalfa canals in the non-irrigation season. The total...

Levy Hearing on August 29

Central Platte NRD to Hold Levy Hearing for 2020 Budget (GRAND ISLAND, NE)-  A levy hearing is scheduled at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, August 29, 2019, for the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s 2020 budget. The NRD board’s August meeting will begin at 2:00 with both being held at the NRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. The 2020 fiscal year budget was approved at $20,896,780.63 last month with a tax request estimated at $4.2 million; which is down $323,412.83 compared to the 2019 budget. Based on last year’s valuation, the levy for FY 2019/2020 is approximately 0.02392 compared to 0.02576 last year. A homeowner with a home valued at $100,000 will pay $23.92 for conservation benefits provided by the Central Platte NRD including flood reduction, nitrate management, water use management, soil health, cost-share to producers, recreation, and education. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Management Proposals  The Water Quantity Committee will review four proposals to evaluate management alternatives for property purchased in Dawson County adjacent to the Orchard Alfalfa Canal. A recommendation will be taken to the board. -Recharge Agreement  The Water Quantity Committee will review a recharge agreement for the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program and take their recommendation to the board. -Elect Voting Delegates  The board will take action to elect a voting delegate and alternate for the Nebraska Association of Resources District’s annual conference in September. -Managers Report  Lyndon Vogt, general manager, will report to the board. -Nebraska Association of Resources District  Jim Bendfeldt will report. -Nebraska Natural Resources Commission  Mick Reynolds, Middle Platte Basin representative, will report. -Natural Resources Conservation Service  Joe Krolikowski,...