Summer Habitat Tours

Summer Habitat Tours in Nebraska    Dates/Locations Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are excited to announce the 2018 Landowner Habitat Tours happening this summer.  Attached is a flyer that describes the various events occurring around the state.  These tours are FREE and are open to the public.  This year’s topics include: Fire Pheasant Management Cover Crops Conservation Agriculture Monarch Butterflies Pollinator Habitat Invasive Tree Control Rangeland Management Plant Identification Annual habitat tours have been conducted since 2004 with over 4,000 attendees.  Please plan to attend and pass along to others that may have an interest in attending. These tours are hosted by Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever with the help of our partners including USDA and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. These tours are made possible with funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. Some events will include a meal and materials. Please RSVP with Ashley at 308-850-8395, email Asnelson@pheasantsforever.org  or online...

Chemigation Permits Due June 1st

With chemigation season quickly approaching, the Central Platte Natural Resources District is reminding producers that current renewal permits expire on June 1st. Renewal permits can be issued without an inspection at a cost of $20.00. Renewal applications received after June 1st must comply with provisions for new permits, including a $60 permit fee and a required inspection before the permit can be issued. Chemigation, also known as fertigation, is an efficient and economical means of applying chemicals and fertilizer that are necessary for crops. To comply with Nebraska state law, any new chemigation systems must be inspected by a producer’s local natural resources district prior to any application of fertilizer or chemicals. Once a system has been inspected and a renewal application is sent in, the system needs to be inspected every three years if chemigating in the Central Platte NRD.  If changes are made to any part of the system, for example, a new pump or a new pivot, reinspection of that system is required. There are many advantages to using chemigation with center pivots. One advantage is chemical coverage. Properly designed and operated irrigation systems may apply chemicals more uniformly than aircraft and some ground sprayers.  It allows prescription and timely application of chemicals based on the crop requirements. Chemigation also provides savings and profit. Applying chemicals through an irrigation system can save 40 percent or more in chemical application costs. Timely fertilizer applications can also increase crop yields. For more information, contact the Central Platte NRD at (308) 385-6282 or visit the Chemigation page....

Upcoming Board Meeting

Central Platte NRD to Present Spring Water Levels (GRAND ISLAND, NE)  The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) will present the spring 2018 static groundwater level results at their June board of directors meeting, with a comparison of groundwater levels in 1982. The 1982 levels were established as the standard for CPNRD’s Groundwater Management Plan with maximum acceptable declines and a margin of safety calculated for each of the District’s 24 Ground Water Management Areas (GWMA). The accumulated change from 1982 to 2017 was 0.85’ lower district-wide. Groundwater levels are measured annually from mid-April to mid-June. Six of the 24 GWMAs are currently in the 25 percent decline suspension.  If the water table would fall to 50 percent of the maximum decline, Phase II would go into effect requiring mandatory reductions in irrigated acres. CPNRD serves 11 counties including all of Dawson and parts of Frontier, Custer Buffalo, Hall, Howard, Nance, Merrick, Hamilton, Platte and Polk. Interactive maps are available at http://cpnrd.gisworkshop.com. The CPNRD Board meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at the CPNRD’s office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Budget  The Budget Committee will review the 2019 Fiscal budget.  The board will review and take action on the budget of expenditures at the board meeting for the purpose of holding a public hearing in July. -180-Day Stay  The Water Quantity Committee will discuss the 180-day temporary stay on new wells and new irrigated acres that was implemented in May and the update to the water transfer tool. Updates will allow staff to implement new depletion...

Latest Board Action

NEWS RELEASE CPNRD Board Implementing 180-Day Temporary Stay Effective Immediately (GRAND ISLAND, NE)-  The Central Platte Natural Resources District has implemented a 180-day temporary stay on new wells and new irrigated acres to update the acre transfer tool used for the Groundwater Quantity Management Program. The board of directors approved the temporary stay Thursday at their regularly scheduled meeting to allow staff to implement new depletion numbers determined by the Cooperative Hydrology Study (COHYST) Groundwater Model. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Basinwide Integrated Management Plan  After two years of planning, the final meeting with stakeholders for the second increment of the Basin-Wide Integrated Management Plan is scheduled for September 19, 2018. -Integrated Management Plan  Stakeholders will begin meeting on the second increment of the Individual Central Platte NRD/NDNR Integrated Management Plan on August 14, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Kearney. Subsequent meetings will be held this year in September and November, with the final meeting to be held in January 2019. -Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores  Jesse Mintken, assistant manager, reported that Phase II of the flood control project is wrapping up. Hooker Brothers have demobilized and sub-contractor Diamond Engineering is currently dewatering to implement the drop structure. Mintken said a bid letting will take place for construction of a levy at the intersection of Airport Road and Engleman Road next month. Construction will likely begin in late summer/early fall 2018. -Certified Acres  Luke Zakrewski, GIS analyst, reported that a Cease & Desist Order was issued to William Strauss of Kearney for irrigation violations. Several attempts were made to notify Strauss through certified and U.S. postal mail. -Outdoor Classroom  The board approved funding...

Upcoming Events

Board of Directors Meetings Board Meetings are held at 2:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month (usually) at the Central Platte NRD office, 215 Kaufman Ave in Grand Island NE.   Upcoming Board Meetings: April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 30?, September 27, October 25 Upcoming Events May **Thurs. May 24 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. **Mon. May 28 *Memorial Day observed. June **Thurs. June 28 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. July **Wed. July 4 *Independence Day observed. Office closed. **Thurs. July 26 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. August **Thurs. August 30? *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. September **Mon. Sept. 3 *Labor Day observed. Office closed. **Thurs. Sept. 27 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. October **Thurs. October 25 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. November **Mon. Nov. 12 *Veterans Day observed. **Thurs. Nov. 15 or 25 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. **Thurs-Fri. Nov. 22-23 *Thanksgiving Holiday observed. December **Thurs. Dec. 20 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. **Tues. Dec. 25 *Christmas Day observed. For more information on any of these events, contact the CPNRD staff at (308) 385-6282 or email:...