Budget Down $4.5 Million

Central Platte NRD Reduces Budget by $4.5 Million The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors adopted their 2019 amended budget of expenditures following a public hearing on Thursday. The budget is $4.5 million lower than the 2018 fiscal budget and the property tax request is down $1.1 million. A levy hearing is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. on August 30, 2018, just prior to the board of directors meeting. The levy is estimated at .02601. A homeowner with a home valued at $100,000 will pay $26.01 for conservation benefits provided by the CPNRD including flood control, nitrate management, soil health, cost-share to producers, recreation, education, and other natural resources benefits. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Rules & Regulation Changes  The board reviewed proposed changes to the NRD’s Rules and Regulations for the Groundwater Management Plan. Changes include new language regarding wells and adds a timeline for staff to receive transfer applications. Proposed Changes-PDF The final change increases the number of years that transfers are not allowed, from two years to five years, within a Ground Water Management Area where declines have been in excess of the 25 percent of the allowable level. The levels are determined by measurements taken in the spring by NRD staff. A public hearing on the proposed changes will be held at 1:00 p.m. prior to the September 27th board meeting.  The proposed changes are available for download at cpnrd.org or by contacting the Central Platte NRD office at (308) 385-6282. -B-1 Reservoir  Four bids were received to study best options to account for water in the B-1 Reservoir; which is located five miles north and...

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...

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

The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2018. 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Public Hearing – Rules & Regulations 2:00 p.m.  Board of Directors Meeting BUSINESS Central Platte NRD to Hold Hearing on Rules & Regulations The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors have scheduled a public hearing on proposed changes to the NRD’s Rules and Regulations for the Groundwater Management Plan. Changes include new language regarding wells and add a timeline for staff to receive transfer applications. The last change increases the number of years that transfers are not allowed, from two years to five years, within a Ground Water Management Area where declines have been in excess of the 25% of the allowable level. The levels are determined by measurements taken in the spring by NRD staff. The hearing will be held at 1:00 p.m. prior to board’s September 27th monthly meeting.  The board will take action on the proposed changes at the board meeting. The proposed changes are available for download at cpnrd.org or by contacting the CPNRD office at (308) 385-6282. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Tree Program Agreement  The board will consider an agreement with the USDA Forest Service to allow the NARD to acquire tree seedlings and shrubs to distribute seedlings across the state through the Natural Resources Districts. -Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Update  Jesse Mintken, assistant manager, will give an update on the Flood Risk Reduction Project. -Conjunctive Management Report  Brandi Flyr, hydrologist, will report on spring recharge from the Dawson County canals and give an update on the Conjunctive Management pilot program. -Platte River...

Latest Board Action

Central Platte NRD Sets Lower Property Tax Request (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors signed a resolution to set the 2018/2019 fiscal budget levy at 0.02576 at their August board meeting on Thursday.  The 2019 fiscal budget was approved at $17.5 million in July, down from $22.5 million in FY2018. The property tax request of $4.5 million, down $1.1 million, is based on valuations received from the 11 counties that the District serves. The overall valuation increase for Central Platte NRD was just under one percent. A homeowner with a home valued at $100,000 will pay $25.76 this year for conservation benefits provided by the CPNRD including flood control, nitrate management, soil health, cost-share to producers, recreation, education, and other natural resources benefits. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Crane Deck Resolution  The board approved a resolution to apply for grant funding from the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission for the Central Platte Gibbon Crane Viewing Trails Rehabilitation Project. If the application is approved, CPNRD will provide 20% of project costs up to $50,000.00 cash matching contribution.  The goal of the project is to provide the best, safest viewing experience of central Nebraska’s unique and valuable Platte River wildlife. -Voting Delegates  Deb VanMatre was elected voting delegate and Jay Richeson elected alternate for the Nebraska Association of Resources District’s annual conference in September. -Integrated Management Plans  Lyndon Vogt, general manager, reported on the Basinwide and individual Integrated Management Plans (IMP); which were implemented to ensure that the state is in compliance with the Nebraska New Depletions Plan (NNDP) included within the Platte River Recovery Implementation...

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:...