NRD to Consider Hazard Mitigation Plan

NEWS RELEASE Central Platte NRD to Consider Approval of Hazard Mitigation Plan Update (GRAND ISLAND, NE)-  The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors will consider adopting an update of the CPNRD Hazard Mitigation Plan during their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, September 28, 2017. Central Platte NRD sponsored the initial development of the plan in 2010, and is again sponsoring the update of the 2016 plan. Jurisdictions which participate in this planning process and adopt the plan locally become eligible to apply for FEMA grants aimed at implementing mitigation projects to reduce future losses from natural hazards. JEO Consulting Group’s Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Planning team assisted in the plan update. Local cities, towns, villages, schools, and fire departments that participated in the initial Plan were required to participate during the FEMA plan review process to be eligible for the FEMA hazard mitigation grants. The meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. at CPNRD’s office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Kearney Whitewater Association  Bruce Karnatz will give an update to the board. -Platte River Program  Mark Czaplewski, biologist, will give an update on the Program. -Natural Resources Conservation Service  Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report to the board. -Long Range Implementation Plan Marcia Lee, information/education specialist, will present changes to the CPNRD’s Long Range Implementation Plan. -Nebraska Natural Resources Commission  Mick Reynolds, Middle Platte Basin representative, will report. -Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD)  Jim Bendfeldt will report. -Cost Share The board will consider applications through the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation and CPNRD cost share programs. -Upcoming Board...

Lower Property Tax Request & Levy

The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) Board set their tax asking down by $476,542 and lowered the levy to 0.03239 for the 2017/2018 fiscal budget of $5,639,132.09.  Last year’s levy was 0.03582. The board set the levy at their August board meeting on Thursday. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Changes to Rules & Regulations The board approved changes to the NRD’s Groundwater Management Rules and Regulations at their board meeting on Thursday. The changes combine and update the Rules and Regulations for all the District’s groundwater management programs into one document including: Fully and Over Appropriated, Water Quality, Water Quantity and Chemigation programs. Two major changes include cease and desist enforcement procedures and removal of the 2 in 10 irrigation rule. The Groundwater Management Plan Rules & Regulations-General Provisions & Procedures for Enforcement is available on request and published on the CPNRD website at: www.cpnrd.org. -Education Programs Starting in 2018-2019, the CPNRD will offer five $1,000 scholarships to junior and senior college students pursuing a natural resources degree through the CPNRD-Ron Bishop College Scholarship Program. The board also approved $5,000 for natural resources presentations and materials for K-12 classrooms in the District. -Urban Conservation Cost Share  The board approved application forms and ranking priorities for a new urban conservation cost share program. The program is designed to assist sponsors in establish, develop and improve public recreational areas and trails, lake drudging, and with the acquisition of land or land rights for recreational purposes. -Funding Requests The board approved a sponsor request in the amount of $500 from NRCS for a Soil Health conference to be held September 6 in Albion;...

Aug. 31 Board/Committee Agenda

The Central Platte NRD board of directors will meet on Thursday, August 31, 2017. Below is the agenda. 9:45 – 10:45 Programs Committee Meeting 10:45 – 11:45 Water Resources Committee Meeting 12:30 – 12:50 Public Hearing- Rules & Regulations 12:50 – 1:00 Public Hearing- Levy 1:00 – 3:30 Board of Directors Meeting BUSINESS 1. NRCS Report Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report to the board. 2. 2017/2018 Budget The board will need to take action to sign a resolution and approve setting the levy for the 2017/2018 fiscal budget. 3. Programs Committee Discussion and possible recommendations: A) Scholarship Program- proposed changes. B) Conservation Awards- proposed changes. C) Urban Development- ranking/application for new cost share program. D) Sponsor Request- NRCS Soil Health Conference, Sept. 6, Albion E) Sponsor Request- UNL Plains Safaris Conference, April 18-20, Kearney 4. Water Resources Committee A) UNL Research Grant Requests B) Rules & Regulations Discussion- The board will consider action to approve the proposed or amended General Provisions and Procedures for Enforcement. 5. Cooperative Hydrology Study Duane Woodward will give a wrap-up on his work with COHYST. 6. Hazard Mitigation Plan Jesse Mintken will give an update on the adoption of the Plan. 7. Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Jesse Mintken will give a progress report on the flood control project. 8. Land Advisory Committee Mark Czaplewski will recommend appointments for the joint CPNRD/Tri-Basin NRD representative position on the Platte River Program committee. 9. Voting Delegate The board will elect a voting delegate and alternate for the NARD annual conference. 10. CPNRD Video Marcia Lee will present a branding video produced by Red Thread of Lincoln. 11. Nebraska...

Two Public Hearings-August 31st

Two public hearings will be held prior to the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors meeting on Thursday, August 31, 2017. The first hearing, scheduled at 12:30 p.m., will be held on the NRD’s Groundwater Management Rules and Regulations. The proposed changes would combine and update the Rules and Regulations for all the District’s groundwater management programs into one document including: Fully and Over Appropriated, Water Quality, Water Quantity and Chemigation programs. Other changes include cease and desist enforcement procedures, removal of the 2 in 10 irrigation rule, and removal of the sections referencing wells and irrigation run-off procedures (due to redundancy). A red-lined version of the document is published on the CPNRD website: www.cpnrd.org. The second hearing will be held at 12:50 p.m. to approve setting the rate (levy) for the 2017/2018 fiscal budget. Both hearings will be held at CPNRD’s office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. The board of directors meeting will start at 1:00 p.m. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Programs Committee- The committee will discuss possible changes to the college scholarship program and conservation awards, and review applications and ranking priorities for a new urban conservation cost share program. The committee will also consider sponsor requests from NRCS for a Soil Health Conference to be held September 6 in Albion; and from UNL for the Plains Safaris Conference to be held April 18-20, 2018 in Kearney. -Kearney Whitewater Association  Bruce Karnatz will give an update to the board. -Natural Resources Conservation Service  Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report to the board. -Hazard Mitigation Plan  Jesse Mintken, assistant manager, will give...

NRDs to Present Wildlife CSI at Nebraska State Fair

Six of Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) will present Wildlife CSI in the Sustainability Pavilion at the Nebraska State Fair. Participants will use animal tracking, skull and bone identification, scatology, animal evidence and observation in the natural world. “Scenes” will be set up and participants will be asked to investigate what happened, what animal came first, and predator and prey evidence. Participants will be given an investigation form and asked to determine what crime occurred at each site.  The investigation form includes information on the various tracks that might occur at a crime scene.  Fairgoers of all ages are invited to participate in this activity. The Sustainability Pavilion is located in the outdoor Market Place close to the Heartland Event Center, the Fonner Concourse, Cactus Jack’s Chuck Wagon, Knights of Columbus Bingo, and the Fonner 4H Café. The tent will also have live presentations, interactive make & take activities as well as static educational exhibits. The Central Platte NRD of Grand Island, Little Blue NRD of Davenport, Lower Loup NRD of Ord, Lower Niobrara NRD of Butte, Lower Republican NRD of Alma, and South Platte NRD of Sidney will present from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. from Monday, August 28-Monday, September 4. Nebraska’s natural resources districts are local government entities with broad responsibilities to protect our natural resources. Major Nebraska river basins form the boundaries of the 23 NRDs, enabling districts to respond best to local conservation and resource management needs. Nebraska’s NRDs protect lives, protect property, and protect the future of Nebraska’s natural...

High Tech Sensors in Action Featured Aug. 16th

Growers will learn how to outfit and implement high tech sensors at the August 16th Project SENSE update in Chapman, NE.  Project SENSE (Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment) is a pilot program that focuses on improving the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer use. Strategies which determine nitrogen in crops at early growth stages are showing a promising way to improve nitrogen fertilizer efficiency and lower groundwater nitrate levels.  Growers will see a demonstration of the project’s high clearance nitrogen applicator outfitted with active crop canopy sensors and will see the high-tech sensors in action.  Attendees will learn how producers are conducting research trials on their own fields in partnership with the Project SENSE team. The update will take place from 10:00 a.m.-Noon on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Ken Seim Farm in Chapman, NE. The public is invited to attend. A complimentary noon meal will be served. Drone Demo An eBee SQ drone demonstration is a new addition to the SENSE field day this year.  The demonstration will include how to build a flight plan, calibrate the camera, launch the drone, and post flight imagery analysis.  This year, for SENSE sites had an extra treatment added that the nitrogen application was directed by the drone imagery and applied by the SENSE applicator during the same event as OptRx™ sensors were being used. Future Use In the future, drone imagery will be used to help direct nitrogen recommendations during the season.  This in-season application will most likely be targeted for fertigation through a pivot but could be turned into an application map and used in...

CPNRD’s Tax Asking Down Nearly $468,000

The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors adopted an amended 2018 fiscal year budget in the amount of $22.5 million on Thursday. The property tax request is down $467,542.73, compared to last year’s budget, and the projected levy is also expected to be down. A levy hearing will be held at 12:50 p.m. just prior to the August 31st board of directors meeting.  Property taxes received by the CPNRD provide funding towards flood control, nitrate management, soil health, cost share to producers, recreation, education, and other natural resources benefits. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Rules & Regulations Public Hearing- Groundwater management regulations may be easier to follow if proposed changes to the Groundwater Management Rules and Regulations are approved next month. The proposed changes would combine and update the rules and regulations for all the District’s groundwater management programs into one document including the Fully and Over Appropriated, Water Quality, Water Quantity and Chemigation programs.  Cease and desist enforcement procedures, removal of the 2 in 10 irrigation rule, and removal of the sections referencing wells and irrigation run-off procedures are other proposed changes. The proposed changes are published here. A public hearing is scheduled at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the CPNRD’s office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. -Chemigation Violation The board approved issuing a Cease & Desist Order to Jim Aden of Gothenburg. Aden is in violation of chemigating without a permit. -Legal Action A motion was approved to have the District’s attorney proceed with enforcement against Kelly Smith of Custer County. -Variance Request The board denied a variance request in...

July Board Agenda

The Central Platte NRD Board of Directors will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017.  The board of directors meetings are open to the public and held at the CPNRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. July Board Agenda 1. NRCS Report Janelle Taubenheim, Resources Conservationist, and Jason Schultz, summer intern, will report to the board. 2. 2017/2018 Budget   A) Budget Committee – Review proposed budget. Any recommendations for amendments will be presented at the public hearing.   B) Action – Following the public hearing, the board will need to take action to adopt the proposed or amended budget.   C) Public Hearing – Schedule time for public hearing to set the property tax levy. 3. Variance/Appeals Recommendation on a variance request in Buffalo/Hall counties. 4. Programs Committee Discussion and possible recommendations:   A) Scholarship Program- proposed changes.   B) Conservation Awards- proposed changes.   C) Urban Development- process/application for new cost share program. 5. Water Resources Committee Discussion and possible recommendations:   A) Rules & Regulations- proposed changes.   B) Public Hearing- Date/Time   C) Chemigation Violation- request for Cease & Desist. 6. Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Jim Bendfeldt will report. 7. Nebraska Natural Resources Commission Mick Reynolds will report. 8. Cost Share The board will take action on cost share requests. 9. Financial Report Action will be taken on the July financial report. 10. Other As may develop prior to the board...

Discussion on Proposed Changes to Irrigation Rules & Regs

Central Platte NRD to Discuss Proposed Changes to Irrigation Rules & Regulations (GRAND ISLAND, NE) Changes to the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) Groundwater Management Rules and Regulations will be discussed by the board’s Water Resources Committee on July 27th. The proposed changes would combine and update the Rules and Regulations for all the District’s groundwater management programs into one document including: Fully and Over Appropriated, Water Quality, Water Quantity and Chemigation programs. Other specific changes include: -Changes to cease and desist enforcement procedures. -Removal of the 2 in 10 irrigation rule. -Removal of the sections referencing wells and irrigation run-off procedures (redundancy). A red-lined version of the document is available here. The Water Resources Committee will report their recommendations at the board of directors meeting; which is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the CPNRD’s office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Budget- The Budget Committee will review the 2018 Fiscal budget. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled at 1:45 p.m. just prior to the board meeting. The board will act to adopt the proposed budget of expenditures or the amended budget after the public hearing has been closed. -Programs Committee- The committee will discuss possible changes to the scholarship program and conservation awards. The committee will also begin discussion on the process and application for a new urban development cost share program. -Natural Resources Conservation Service  Janelle Taubenheim, Resources Conservationist, and Jason Schultz, summer intern, will report to the board. -Nebraska Natural Resources Commission  Mick Reynolds, Middle Platte Basin representative, will report. -Nebraska Association...

Proposed Changes to Rules & Regs

At the June board of directors meeting, the board received recommended changes to the Central Platte NRD’s Ground Water Management Program including: -Changes to cease and desist enforcement procedures. -Removal of the 2 in 10 irrigation rule. -Two sections referencing wells and  irrigation run-off procedures removed because of redundancy. Click here for a PDF with red-line changes. The board will review and discuss the changes in July with a public hearing to be held tentatively prior to the August 31st board of directors...