Groundwater Exchange Starts Oct. 3rd

Groundwater Exchange Pre-Approval to Start October 3rd The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) Groundwater Exchange is scheduled to begin on Monday, October 3rd.  The CPNRD board of directors approved expanding the Groundwater Exchange to include the Loup Basin within the District and to add definition of terms to their Rules & Regulations at their September 29th board meeting.  A public hearing on the proposed changes was held prior to the board meeting. The Groundwater Exchange pre-approval process for buyers and sellers to meet with CPNRD staff will take place from October 3 to November 23, so that producers will have time to plan for spring planting. During the pre-approval process, staff will verify that all participants are in compliance with the NRD’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. 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...

September 8-Prescribed Burn Info Meeting

The public is invited to attend CPNRD’s Prescribed Burn Information Meeting to be held on Thursday, September 8 from 10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. @ the Nebraska Barn & Grill in Gothenburg, NE. There is no cost to attend & buffet lunch is sponsored.  RSVP no later than Sept. 6th for lunch count with Marcia Lee at (308) 385-6282, lee@cpnrd.org; or Teri Edeal at (308) 325-1056. AGENDA FOR SEPTEMBER 8 10:30  Welcome & Introduction- David Carr, CPNRD 10:45  Central Platte Rangeland Alliance Information, Process of Getting Ready- Mark Alberts, Landowner 11:15  Burn Benefits and CPNRD Grassland Conservation Program- David Carr 11:45  Sponsored Lunch 12:15  Prescribed Burn Information/NRCS- Teri Edeal, NRCS 1:15   Optional Outside Burn Unit Site Visit OPTIONAL SITE VISIT The outside site burn unit visit will show the areas that were burned this spring including what the pastures looked like prior to the prescribed burns and the dramatic results after the burns. Participants will see firsthand how fire affects pastures and cedar trees. To RSVP and/or for questions, contact Teri Edeal at (308) 325-1056 or Mark Alberts at (308) 529-0642. For more information on CPNRD’s Prescribed Fire Program click...

Project SENSE: Public Invited to July 27 Update

Still Time to RSVP for Project SENSE Update on July 27th After one year in the field, Project SENSE participants are seeing positive results.  Project SENSE (Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment) focuses on improving the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer use.  The UNL Extension and Central Platte NRD representatives will release the results of the 2015 pilot field sites an introduce the SENSE technology and equipment requirements for those interested in participating in the future.  Following the presentation, attendees will caravan to Arnie Hinkson’s field to see how new techniques have benefited his operation. The update will take place from 10:00 a.m.- Noon on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.  Presentations will be held at 2003 N Cameron Road in Cairo, NE. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided following the update.  RSVP with Central Platte NRD at (308) 385-6282 or lee@cpnrd.org for the lunch count. Project SENSE is a collaborative effort between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Nebraska Corn Board, five Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) in Nebraska, and producers participating in the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network. Contact Dean Krull, UNL/CPNRD project coordinator, for more information regarding Project SENSE at (402)...

Upcoming Board Meeting

Upcoming Board Meeting- February 23, 2017    10:30 Variance/Appeals Hearing and Meeting     11:30  Programs Committee     1:00  Water Resources Committee      2:00  Board of Directors Meeting 1. NRCS Report Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report to the board. 2. Variance Sub-Committee A) Variance Request The committee will consider a variance request from Nance County. A recommendation will be taken to the board. B) Violations Report Luke Zakrzewski will report on irrigation violations in 2016. 3. Programs Committee Review the 2018 FY budgets requests for cost share and information/education. 4. Water Resources Committee    A) Interlocal Agreements The committee will consider three Interlocal Agreements for: – Geocloud Database partnership with other NRDs – Crop/ET Study with UNL (field readings) – Measuring Crop ET with UNL (satellite data/METRIC computation process) B) Cease & Desist Hearings Sandy Noecker will report on hearings held for landowners out of compliance with the Groundwater Quality Management Program. 5. Vehicle Bids Tom Backer will present bids for consideration to trade in the NRD’s 2009 Trailblazer. 6. Burn Contractor Bids David Carr will present bids for consideration to hire a spring burn contractor. 7. Prairie/Silver/Moores Flood Control Project Jesse Mintken will have a progress report on construction. 8. Cooperative Hydrology Study Duane Woodward will have an update on the COHYST. 9. Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Jim Bendfeldt will report. 10. Nebraska Natural Resources Commission (Commission) Mick Reynolds will report. 11. Cost Share The board will take action on cost share requests. 12. Financial Report Action will be taken on the February financial report. 13. March Board Meeting We’ll consider moving the...

Second Groundwater Exchange

  Central Platte NRD initiated the first Groundwater Exchange to allow producers to put their groundwater to beneficial use by leasing water for one growing season. An algorithm selects best matches based on information entered by the sellers and buyers.  A second Groundwater Exchange is planned for this fall and will include the Loup Basin influence within the CPNRD.  In June, the CPNRD board approved a contract with National Economic Research Associates (NERA) and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR) in the amount of $105,000 to design and manage the second Groundwater Exchange.  The second exchange will include the area of the Loup Basin influence.  The NDNR and CPNRD will each share 50 percent of the cost.   FEBRUARY 2015 Groundwater Exchange Rules & Regulations Approved Pre-Approval to Begin Next Week The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors broke new ground on Thursday by approving the Rules and Regulations for the Groundwater Exchange Program.  CPNRD will launch the debut of the Groundwater Exchange pilot program this March. The Groundwater Exchange Program will allow producers to buy or sell water, on a temporary leasing basis, for the upcoming irrigation season. A seller can be anyone with a certified groundwater use on irrigated acres such as pivot corners, irregularly-shaped fields or even full sections.  A buyer could be anyone looking to improve or add to their currently certified groundwater use or looking to increase streamflow. Both buyers and sellers will need to be pre-approved by making an appointment with CPNRD staff.  Interested participants have two weeks (Feb. 29-March 11) to meet with staff to be pre-approved. Appointments...

Sessions for New Online Crop Reporting Form

The Central Platte Natural Resources District will host four sessions to show producers how to fill out the new online crop reporting form for the Groundwater Quality Management Program.  This new system is compatible with all mobile devices.   Sandy Noecker, data compliance officer, will present how to navigate through the system.  Following the presentation, CPNRD staff will personally help producers fill out their forms.  Producers will need to bring the following records with them: soil and water test results, 2015 actual yields, fertilizer applied in 2015, and pump record (hours pumped).  The online form allows producers the convenience to log in throughout the year to record water/soil test results and actual yields, print the fertilizer recommendations for each field and print past reporting information. All sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 16: Kearney, Fairfield Inn & Suites, 510 W Talmadge Rd; Wednesday, February 17: Lexington, Holiday Inn Express, 2605 Plum Creek Parkway; Monday, February 22: Grand Island, Central Platte NRD, 215 Kaufman Ave; Tuesday, February 23: Central City, Central City Community Room, 1515 17th St; There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact the CPNRD office at (308) 385-6282 or email Sandy Noecker at:...