Nov 21 Board Meeting

Central Platte NRD to Issue Cease & Desist Orders (GRAND ISLAND, NE)   Luke Zakrzewski, GIS image analyst, will report on the number of producers who have not submitted their Nitrogen Management forms that were due on March 31, 2019.  Zakrzewski will request Cease and Desist orders be issued to those producers for being out of compliance with the NRD’s Groundwater Quality Management Program. The request will be made at the board of directors meeting to be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at the District’s office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, Nebraska. BOARD ACTION ITEMS BUSINESS 1. Audit Report  Jake Klabenes, Lutz Accounting, will present the 2018/2019 audit report. Action required. 2. NRCS Report  Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report. 3. Eastern Projects  The committee will review and make recommendations to the board on: A. Upper Prairie Silver Moores Project- Change Order #2 Levee Project B. Hazard Mitigation Plan -Proposals for Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan 4. Nitrogen Management Compliance  Luke Zakrzewski will report on the number of producers who have not submitted Nitrogen Management forms and will request Cease and Desist orders. 5. NRCS MOU  Action is required on a Memorandum of Understanding with the USDA-NRCS for a continued working agreement. 6. Long Range Implementation Plan  Marcia Lee will request approval of the 2019-2024 Plan. 7. Managers Report  Lyndon Vogt will report. 8. Nominating Committee  The Board will elect a three-member board officer nominating committee to make recommendations for secretary and treasurer. Deb VanMatre has served one full term and is eligible for re-election as secretary. Charles Maser has served two full terms...

Oct. 24 Board Meeting

PRESS RELEASE Buyout Options in Flood-Prone Areas Presented to Central Platte NRD Board (GRAND ISLAND, NE)  – Katie Ringland, chief floodplain manager with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, presented several buyout options and requirements in flood-prone areas at the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors meeting on Thursday. Ringland provided information on three Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants that give communities an avenue to purchase flood-prone structures and maintain the land as open space.  Each program provides cost-share that is typically 75% federal and 25% local. The State of Nebraska is the applicant for each of the grants with sub-applicants (local sponsors) that would include state agencies, villages, cities, counties, natural resources districts, some 501C nonprofits, or federally recognized tribes. Following the March-July 2019 Presidential disaster declaration, Nebraska received approximately $50 million for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program that must be allocated within one year from the date of the disaster declaration. Two buyout or acquisition options are available for property owners. The first includes property acquisition and home demolition with the second including property acquisition and home relocation. Application requirements needed for each property are the scope of work, statement of assurances, sample of deed restriction, citizenship documentation, voluntary interest documentation, title search, budget, schedule, and benefit cost analysis. BOARD ACTION ITEMS -Eastern Project Committee  Chairman Ed Stoltenberg reported that the committee met with area citizens and Wood River Mayor Greg Cramer on October 1, 2019, to discuss what is needed to reduce flooding risks within the town of Wood River due to storm runoff.  Landowners interested in replacing riprap or dirt berms may apply for...

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,...

NRD Receives Awards for Groundwater Festival

NEWS RELEASE Central Platte NRD Receives Izaak Walton League Awards for Groundwater Festival (GRAND ISLAND, NE)  Mike Gaghagen, Izaak Walton League of America member, presented the Grand Island Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA) award to the Central Platte Natural Resources District for outstanding contributions to the conservation of our nation’s natural resources through the Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival. The award was presented at the Central Platte NRD’s board of directors meeting on Thursday. Grand Island IWLA members present an activity at the Festival each year titled Critter Cube Count which teaches students how to identify macroinvertebrates then use math to calculate the health of a stream and how it affects groundwater. This was the second award presented this month to the Central Platte NRD for the Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival. On July 17, 2019, the Izaak Walton League presented their National Honor Roll Award to Kelly Cole and Marcia Lee, festival coordinators, at a ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa, for efforts to educate youth about natural resources through the Groundwater Festival. Over 30,000 students from across the state have attended the annual Festival that has been replicated in 42 states in the United States, and in Mexico, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s Fiscal Year 2019/2020 budget of $20,896,780.63 was approved at the board of directors meeting on Thursday. The property tax request estimated at $4.2 million is down $323,412.83 compared to last year.  Based on the District’s total valuation from last year, the estimated levy would be approximately 0.02392. A levy hearing will be held at 1:45 p.m....

NRD to Consider Approval of IMPs

Central Platte NRD to Consider Approval of Integrated Management Plans (GRAND ISLAND, NE)  The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors will consider approval of the Basin-Wide and CPNRD Integrated Management plans at their monthly meeting to be held on July 25, 2019. Public hearings for the plans were held on July 15, 2019, with a public information meeting held just prior to the hearings at the Central Platte NRD office. The original plans were approved in 2009 with a requirement that the same parties develop a second increment within 10 years after the adoption of the first increment plans.  The Basin-Wide and CPNRD Integrated Management plans were implemented to ensure that Nebraska is following the Nebraska New Depletions Plan included within the Platte River Recovery Implementation Plan. Additional details are available on the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources website at dnr.nebraska.gov/iwm. The board of directors meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the CPNRD’s office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. BUSINESS 1. NRCS Report   Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report. 2. Budget   Adopt proposed or amended 2019/2020 Fiscal budget. Schedule levy hearing prior to the August 29th board of directors meeting. 3. Water Quantity Committee   Review proposals to rewrite the NRD’s Ground Water Management Plan and take recommendation to the board. The board will take action. 4. Integrated Management Plan   The board will consider approval of the second increment CPNRD Integrated Management Plan. The Plan will be effective on September 11, 2019. 5. Basin-Wide Management Plan   The board will consider approval of the second increment Basin-Wide Management Plan. The Plan will be effective on...

Spring Water Levels Increase

Spring Water Levels Increase Throughout Central Platte NRD (GRAND ISLAND, NE)  Luke Zakrzewski, GIS image analyst for the Central Platte Natural Resources District, reported at the June board of directors meeting on Thursday that the average spring 2019 groundwater levels across the District increased 2.08 feet since 1982. These levels are averaged from the 437 wells that NRD staff read this year from mid-April to mid-June.  Zakrzewski said all 24 GWMAs saw increases because of timely rains during the 2018 irrigation season that continued throughout the fall, and 200 to 300 percent above normal precipitation this spring. A comparison of the 1982 levels were established as the standard for the NRD’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). Four of the 24 GWMAs are currently in the 25 percent decline suspension that does not allow transfers of irrigated acres into the areas or supplemental wells.  The NRD’s rules and regulations require the areas to stay in suspension for five years. Two of the four areas in suspension are above the 25 percent decline for the second consecutive year, while the remaining two areas are showing an increase for their first year.  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. Central Platte NRD 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 cpnrd.gisworkshop.com. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Budget  The board...