Groundwater Levels Show Increase in 2018

Static accumulated groundwater levels are up 0.54 feet since spring of 2017 in the Central Platte NRD. Levels are determined by measurements taken by CPNRD staff from 430 designated wells each year. Although the annual levels increased this year, the 1982 to 2018 static groundwater levels are down 0.31 feet. 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). GWMA 9 continues to show annual declines measuring a decline of 12.39 feet in Buffalo County north of Kearney. This management area has had steady declines since 2000, dropping another quarter-foot since last spring despite timely rains during the 2017 growing season. 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. Since the area extends into the Lower Loup NRD, the NRDs are jointly studying the groundwater declines more closely. CPNRD serves 11 counties including all of Dawson and parts of Frontier, Custer Buffalo, Hall, Howard, Nance, Merrick, Hamilton, Platte, and Polk. PDF Download- Groundwater Level Report  Interactive maps are available at...

Upcoming Board Meeting

Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018, (a week early due to the Christmas holiday) at the Central Platte NRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. November 15, 2018 Action The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018, a week early due to the Christmas holiday. Action items and updates on the agenda: -Board Officer Nominating Committee  The nominating committee for board chairman and vice-chairman (Deb VanMatre, Alicia Haussler, Barry Obermiller) will make their recommendations to the board. Board officers may serve two, two-year terms. Jim Bendfeldt currently serves as chairman and Mick Reynolds serves as vice-chairman. -Cease & Desist Order Update  Sandy Noecker, data compliance officer, will give an update on the 88 Cease and Desist Orders issued to producers for failure to submit crop report forms due March 31st for the CPNRD’s Nitrogen Manage­ment Program. Irrigated acres under a cease and desist order cannot be irrigated until they are compliant with the Program. Potential penalties for violation are: possibility of a fine not less than $1,000 and up to $5,000 per violation and/or a loss of irrigated acres, ineligibility for NRD cost-share, and restriction from transferring any irrigated acres. Violators may request a hearing in front of the Board within ten (10) days of receiving the certified Cease and Desist notification. -Search Committee  Letters of interest will be accepted until December 31, 2018, for the Sub-district 4 board vacancy. Keith Stafford, Deb VanMatre, and Ed Stoltenberg are serving as...

Latest Board Action

November 15, 2018 94 Producers to Receive Cease & Desist Orders (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – On Thursday, the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors approved issuing 94 Cease and Desist Orders to producers for failure to submit crop report forms for the CPNRD’s Nitrogen Manage­ment Program.  Landowners will be notified next week of the violations. Over 900 producers are in the Phase II/III program and must file reports for all crops grown including corn, sorghum, potatoes, beans, alfalfa, and all small grains. The form includes actual crop results for the 2017 crop year and planning for the 2018 crop year. The annual report forms are due March 31st as part of the District’s Groundwater Quality Management Program.  Producers received notices in January, April, and October about required action. Irrigated acres under a cease and desist order cannot be irrigated until they are compliant with the Program. Potential penalties for violation are: possibility of a fine not less than $1,000 and up to $5,000 per violation and/or a loss of irrigated acres, ineligibility for NRD cost-share, and restriction from transferring any irrigated acres. Violators may request a hearing in front of the Board within ten (10) days of receiving the certified Cease and Desist notification. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Search Committee  Keith Stafford, Deb VanMatre, and Ed Stoltenberg will serve as the Search Committee to recommend the appointment of an individual for the Sub-district 4 vacancy. Letters of interest will be accepted until December 31, 2018. The candidate selected will be appointed at the January 2019 CPNRD Board of Directors meeting for a term of two years. Sub-district...