Jan 23 Board Meeting

Central Plattte NRD to Elect Board Secretary & Treasurer The Central Platte Natural Resources District will elect a board secretary and treasurer at their January board meeting. In December, Deb VanMatre, Gibbon, was nominated for a second term as board secretary by the NRD’s board nominating committee. Keith Ostermeier, Grand Island, was nominated for board treasurer. Officers may serve two, two-year terms. Chuck Maser, Grand Island, has served two full terms as treasurer and is not eligible for re-election. The board meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. on January 23, 2020, at the Central Platte NRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, Nebraska. Other Board Agenda Items -Violation Reports  Luke Zakrzewski, GIS image analyst, will report on land that has been irrigated without being certified or approved through a transfer. If the land is irrigated without certifying the acres in question, a Cease & Desist Order will be issued following the February board meeting. Tricia Dudley will discuss the number of producers who haven’t submitted their Nitrogen Management forms and/or Nitrogen Management tests. -Certificate of Authority  Action to approve a Certificate of Authority with Five Points Bank naming the elected treasurer and allow Kelly Cole to be authorized as a signee for the District. -Appeal  The Variance/Appeals Sub-Committee will review an appeal on land in Howard and Merrick counties. The committee will make a recommendation to the board. -Committee Selection  Board members will select the committees that they plan to serve on and each committee will select a chairman. -Legislative Report  Report on bills relating to natural resources introduced in this session. -Managers Report  Lyndon Vogt,...

December 19 Board Mtg

PRESS RELEASE Central Platte NRD Reports Historic Groundwater Level Increases from Spring to Fall (GRAND ISLAND, NE)- The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) saw historic groundwater level increases in 2019. On Thursday, Luke Zakrzewski, data image analyst, reported to the CPNRD board of directors that of the 363 wells read by staff in both the spring and the fall this year, there was a district-wide gain of 0.76 feet from Gothenburg to Columbus. With crop irrigation that normally takes place from May until August in central Nebraska, it is unusual to have wells that record an increase from spring to fall. The historic precipitation that the District received attributed to 210 of the well levels increasing an average of 2.51 feet; and 153 wells that declined an average of 1.65 feet. Zakrzewski said 20 of the wells recorded their highest groundwater level and 50 wells had readings in the top 10% of their respective historic range. Most of the wells have been monitored each spring and fall by the CPNRD since the mid-1980s. Other Board Agenda Items -Board Secretary & Treasurer  Deb VanMatre, Gibbon, was nominated for a second term as board secretary by the NRD’s board nominating committee. Keith Ostermeier, Grand Island, was nominated for board treasurer. Officers may serve two, two-year terms. Chuck Maser, Grand Island, has served two full terms as treasurer and is not eligible for re-election. The election will be held at the January 23rd board meeting. -Funding Request  The board approved assisting Hall County with funding up to $30,000 for a portion of the County’s Amick Acres subdivision project. -Cease & Desist...

Nov 21 Board Meeting

58 Producers to Receive Cease & Desist Orders (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – On Thursday, the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors approved issuing Cease and Desist Orders to 58 producers for failure to submit crop report forms for the CPNRD’s Nitrogen Manage­ment Program. The number of violations represents less than two percent of the 5,500 forms submitted annually. Producers in Phase II/III program 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 2018 crop year and planning for the 2019 crop year. The annual report forms are due March 31st as part of the District’s Groundwater Quality 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: the 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. BOARD ACTION ITEMS -Dianne Miller to Retire  Dianne Miller, administrative director, will retire effective November 30, 2019. Miller has been employed by the Central Platte NRD for 47 years, since the NRDs were established, and worked for the Mid-Platte Valley Watershed which was merged into the NRDs. Dianne oversaw the accounting system, District operations insurance, NRD elections, and board meeting minutes. She served on the NRD/NARD Employees Benefits and NARD Intergovernmental Risk Management Pool...

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....