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

Central Platte NRD to Consider Proposed Lower Budget (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – A public hearing will be held at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018, to review and take comments on the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) 2019 fiscal budget.  The preliminary budget is approximately $4.6 million lower than the 2018 fiscal budget and the property tax request down nearly $1 million compared to last year. At the board meeting, directors will act to adopt the proposed budget of expenditures or the amended budget after the public hearing has been closed.  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. A levy hearing will be scheduled just prior to the August 30th 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 -B-1 Reservoir  The board will select an engineering firm to study the best options to account for water in the reservoir. B-1 Reservoir, located in Dawson County, is the largest structure built for flood control as part of the Buffalo Creek Watershed Project. It was completed in 1983 along with the supply canal and was expanded to include recreation and groundwater recharge. The NRD has a diversion right of 4,000 acre-feet of water per year from the Platte River to fill the reservoir. -Rules & Regulation Changes  The Water Quantity Committee will recommend proposed changes to the NRD’s Rules and Regulations for the Groundwater Management Plan. The board will consider...

Latest Board Action

Spring Groundwater Levels Down Slightly in Central Platte NRD (GRAND ISLAND, NE)  Spring 2018 static groundwater levels are down 0.31 feet in comparison to groundwater levels in 1982. Luke Zakrewski, GIS image analyst, presented the results to the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s directors at their board meeting on Thursday. 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).  (Details/Graphs) The accumulated change from 1982 to 2017 was 0.85’ lower district-wide. Groundwater levels are measured annually from mid-April to mid-June. Six of the 24 GWMAs are currently in the 25 percent decline suspension.  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. CPNRD 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 http://cpnrd.gisworkshop.com. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Budget  The board approved the 2019 Fiscal budget of expenditures for the purpose of holding a public hearing at 1:45 p.m. on July 26, 2018, prior to the board of directors meeting. Lyndon Vogt, general manager, reported that the preliminary budget is approximately $5 million lower and the property tax request down nearly $1 million compared to last year. -Levee Bids  Van Kirk Bros. Contracting of Sutton, Nebraska, was selected to build the levee for the Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Flood Control Project in northwest Grand Island in the amount of $572,170.19. Van Kirk submitted the low bid...

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:...