May 28th Board Meeting

Central Platte NRD to Select Contractor to Upgrade Crane Viewing Deck Near Gibbon (GRAND ISLAND, NE)- The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) board of directors will meet by audio/video conferencing on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE.  The CPNRD board room will be available for public participation in the meeting.  Social distancing guidelines will be followed. Action/Reports -Plautz Viewing Deck  The board will select an engineer to upgrade the Richard Plautz Crane Viewing Site near Gibbon.  Central Platte NRD has received two grants to assist with rehabilitation of the site located at the intersection of Elm Island Road and Lowell Road. The viewing area consists of two elevated wooden viewing decks, a 1,650-foot trail, and a parking lot to provide a safe area for the public to view Sandhill and Whooping Cranes as they migrate through Nebraska in the spring. In the mid-1990s, CPNRD was a partner in building the site to increase public safety by reducing the extra in-flow of traffic and vehicles parking on nearby county roads which are used heavily by residents. The site is also a great way to increase public awareness of Nebraska’s Platte River wildlife.  The two grants received are: Recreational Trails Program (RTP)  $259,500.00 from the RTP administered by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, CPNRD is required to contribute a 20% matching share. CPNRD will remove the nearly 1,660 LF deteriorated asphalt nature trail and replace it with an 8’ wide, 6” thick concrete trail and pave the 1,033 square yard gravel parking lot with 8” thick concrete. Nebraska Environmental Trust  $50,000 from NET to...

April 23 Board Meeting

Central Platte NRD Selects College Scholarships Recipients (GRAND ISLAND, NE)- The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) board of directors selected five recipients for the Ron Bishop-CPNRD College Scholarship Program at their meeting held via conference on Thursday.  The students selected are Amanda Fay of Grand Island, Jason Line of Miller, Myles Mendell of Gothenburg, Klint Gill of Cozad, and Joshua Wiese of Shelton.  The students were selected based on their natural resources major and will receive $1,000 scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. Other Action/Reports -Nitrogen Management Reports The board approved issuing 92 cease and desist orders to producers who are in violation of the CPNRD’s Rules and Regulations for failure to submit their 2020 Nitrogen management forms and/or Nitrogen management tests. Irrigators in Phases II/III of the NRD’s Groundwater Quality Management Program are required to submit annual reports online at cpnrd.gisworkshop.com by March 31st annually.  The reports are required prior to the irrigation season to allow producers to utilize UNL’s recommended nitrogen application rate; which is calculated as the producers fill out the forms for each of their fields. The cease and desist will be violated if the producer irrigates. Penalties for violation are potential fines ranging from $1,000 – $5,000 per violation and/or loss of irrigated acres, ineligibility for NRD cost-share, and restriction from transferring irrigated acres.  For more information about the crop reporting form or the Groundwater Quality Management Program, visit cpnrd.org or contact Tricia Dudley at (308) 385-6282 or dudley@cpnrd.org. -Watershed & Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) NRCS has approved a grant application for 100% of the cost for completing a watershed and flood prevention operations...

March 26 Board Meeting

Board of Directors Meeting     Thursday, March 26, 2020     2:00 p.m. Conference Call PRESS RELEASE Central Platte NRD Board Votes to Continue Funding for GeoCloud Project (GRAND ISLAND, NE- The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) held its monthly board of directors meeting via conference call on Thursday. The CPNRD’s physical office is closed to the public to monitor the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation; however, all calls are being answered. Action Items -Nebraska GeoCloud Project   The board approved the 2020 GeoCloud Interlocal Cooperative Agreement to continue the project through 2022 in the amount of $6,800. The annual project collects airborne geomagnetic imagery with the intention to correlate that data with sub-surface geology and hydrogeology.  Central Platte NRD has been a partner since 2016 when the project was initiated as a joint effort with the following NRDs: Lewis & Clark, Lower Elkhorn, Lower Platte North, Lower Platte South, Nemaha, Papio-Missouri River, Lower Loup, Upper Elkhorn, and Twin Platte. Other partners include USGS, Aqua Geo Frameworks, and the University of Nebraska’s Conservation and Survey Division.  The project received $247,437.60 from the Nebraska Natural Resources Commission in December of 2016; that funding period will conclude on June 30, 2020. -Monitoring Well Bids   The board awarded Sargent Irrigation the contract to construct 18 monitoring wells in the amount of $107,971.15. The monitoring wells will be drilled within one year in Buffalo, Custer, Dawson, and Frontier counties to provide additional data for the District’s Groundwater Management Program. Four bids were received. -Platte River Resilience Fund   The board appointed Deb VanMatre, Gibbon, to represent CPNRD on the Platte River Resilience Fund Advisory Committee. The fund will...

Feb 27 Board Action

Central Platte NRD Board Selects Fire Contractor (GRAND ISLAND, NE)-  The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors selected Scholl Fire and Fuels Management to implement 10-17 burns within the District this spring at their board meeting on Thursday. Landowners have applied for prescribed burns on up to 6,000 acres. Scholl had the low bid of $64,441 to supply a fire crew and equipment for 26 days. The CPNRD’s Prescribed Fire Program’s goal is to control undesirable vegetation, prepare sites for harvesting, planting or seeding; reduce wildfire hazards, improve wildlife habitat and plant production, remove slash and debris, and to restore and maintain ecological sites. Other Board Action -Outdoor Classroom Application  The Programs Committee approved an Outdoor Classroom Community application in the amount of $2,000 from Success Academy of Grand Island Senior High to plant 23 trees on Grand Island Boulevard. The trees will replace those lost to disease and storms. Students will be partnered with the City of Grand Island Parks and Recreation Department to receive hands-on training to learn how, when, and why it’s important to have a diversified tree canopy for our community. -Project Amendment  The board approved Amendment #9 in the amount of $135,539.97 from JEO Consulting Group to align an access road for a berm extension, install staff gauges, implement a flood alert modeling program, and develop an ArcGIS online map viewer for the Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Creek Flood Risk Reduction Project. -Grant Application The board authorized staff to apply for a Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program (WFPO) grant for the Turkey Creek Watershed (49,011 acres) through the USDA- Natural Resources Conservation...

CPNRD to Select Fire Contractor

PRESS RELEASE Central Platte NRD Board to Select Fire Contractor (GRAND ISLAND, NE)-  The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors will review bids and select a fire contractor at their meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020. The NRD hires a contractor and crew to implement burns within the District for landowners who have applied for a prescribed burn. The program’s goal is to control undesirable vegetation, prepare sites for harvesting, planting or seeding, to control plant disease, reduce wildfire hazards, improve wildlife habitat, improve plant production quantity and/or quality, remove slash and debris, enhance seed and seedling production, to facilitate distribution of grazing and browsing animals, and to restore and maintain ecological sites. Other Board Agenda Items -Outdoor Classroom Application  The Programs Committee will review an Outdoor Classroom application from the Success Academy of Grand Island Senior High to plan 23 trees down Grand Island Boulevard to replace trees lost to disease and storms. -Chairmen Selections  Board members will select a chairman for the Water Quality, Water Quantity, Variance/Appeals, Programs, Eastern, and Western committees -Groundwater Management Plan   Update on Olsson’s rewrite of Central Platte NRD’s Groundwater Management Plan. -Legislative Report  Report on bills relating to natural resources introduced in this session. -Managers Report  Lyndon Vogt, general manager, will report to the board. -Natural Resources Conservation Service  Joe Krolikowski and Janelle Taubenheim will report. -Nebraska Association of Resources District  Jim Bendfeldt will report. -Nebraska Natural Resources Commission  Mick Reynolds, Middle Platte Basin representative, will report. -Cost-Share  Applications through the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation and the Central Platte NRD cost-share programs will be considered. -Primary...

Jan 23 Board Action

PRESS RELEASE VanMatre and Ostermeier Elected as CPNRD Secretary & Treasurer (GRAND ISLAND, NE)-  The Central Platte Natural Resources District board of directors elected Deb VanMatre (Gibbon) for board secretary and Keith Ostermeier (Grand Island) for board treasurer at their meeting on Thursday. Officers may serve two, two-year terms. VanMatre has served one term as secretary and Keith Ostermeier took the seat held by Chuck Maser who had served two full terms as treasurer and was not eligible for re-election. Other Board Agenda Items -Violation Reports  Luke Zakrzewski, GIS image analyst, reported that 12 landowners/producers irrigated land that isn’t certified or approved for irrigation through a transfer in 2019. Zakrzewski said the number of violations has continued to drop each year. Violation letters will be mailed next week notifying violators that they must contact the CPNRD by February 27th to resolve the violations. If the land continues to be irrigated without certifying the acres in question, a cease and desist order will be issued and violators could face action in District Court. Tricia Dudley, water quality programs assistant, reported that 10 producers who received cease and desist orders in December had not resolved their violations for failure to submit their 2019 Nitrogen Management forms and/or tests. CPNRD legal counsel will contact the following individuals about potential penalties: Andrew Blessin, Kenesaw; William/Hazel Johnston, Vacaville CA; John Kearney, Overton; Mike Munsterman, Glenville; Jeff Perry, Shelby; Donald Santin Jr, Fullerton; William Soll, Columbus; Tim Sullivan, Lincoln; Richard Urban, Silver Creek; Quincy Week, Kearney. Irrigated acres under a cease and desist order cannot be irrigated until they are in compliance with the District’s...

April Board Agenda

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019 Central Platte NRD Board of Directors Meeting 10:00 – 10:30 Variance/Appeals Subcommittee Meeting 10:30 – 11:00 Eastern Projects Committee Meeting 11:00 – 11:30 Western Projects Committee Meeting 11:30 – 11:45 Programs Committee 12:30 – 1:15 Water Quality Committee Meeting 1:15 – 2:00 Water Quantity Committee Meeting 2:00 Board of Directors Meeting BUSINESS 1. TAPS Program  Chuck Burr, UNL, will explain the TAPS program and goal to facilitate farm management strategies through competitions. 2. NRCS Report   Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report. 3. Variance/Appeals   Review and recommendation on an appeal from Hall County. 4. Eastern Projects Committee   Review preliminary 2020 Fiscal budget. 5. Western Projects Committee   Review preliminary 2020 Fiscal budget. 6. Programs Committee  Review and recommendation on Ron Bishop-CPNRD College Scholarship applications. 7. Water Quality Committee  A. Compliance  Discuss cease & desist option for producers who haven’t submitted their 2019 Nitrogen Management forms and/or Nitrogen Management tests.  B. Budget Review preliminary 2020 Fiscal budget. 8. Water Quantity Committee  A. Wetland Easement  Discussion Review with possible action.  B. Budget  Review preliminary 2020 Fiscal budget. 9. Vehicle Review and take action on vehicle bids. 10. Managers Report  Lyndon Vogt will report. 11. Nebraska Habitat Conservation Coalition Mark Czaplewski will request a change of representation on the Coalition (NHCC). 12. Nebraska Natural Resources Commission  Mick Reynolds will report. 13. Nebraska Association of Resources Districts  Jim Bendfeldt will report. 14. Cost-Share  Action on cost-share requests through CPNRD and the NSWCP programs. 15. Financial Report  Action on the April financial report. 16. Other  As may develop prior to the board...

Summer Camp Scholarships

Summer Camp Scholarships Offered by Central Platte NRD The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) is offering $100 scholarships for students of all ages to attend the following natural resources-related camps this summer: ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL Summer Orientation About Rivers (SOAR) Camp is a nature day camp where kids in grades 3-6 explore the Platte River and other local natural environments. There are two four-day sessions from July 8-11 and July 15-18. Prairie Plains Resource Institute sponsors the event with several organizations. SOAR days begin and end at the Aurora Middle School. Registration fee for the week-long program is $150. Contact SOAR coordinator Jan Whitney, 402-694-5535 or visit prairieplains.org/education/ ACE Camp- Adventure Camp about the Environment hosted by Nebraska’s 23 Natural Resources Districts and several education partners.  ACE Camp will be held at the State 4-H Camp in Halsey, NE, from June 16-19; for students who have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grades. While at the camp students will learn from experts in the fields of water, wildlife, forestry, weather, soils, range, and outdoor survival. Students will also experience tubing, hiking, fishing, zip line, and river activities. Contact Marcia Lee (308) 385-6282 or lee@cpnrd.org or visit ACE Camp.  HIGH SCHOOL Nebraska Youth Range Camp to be held June 10-14 at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, NE. Students between the ages of 14-18 are eligible to attend. The camp offers experiences with rangeland management, wildlife, natural resources, leadership, and many outdoor activities. Students who attend this camp will be actively involved with field activities, lectures, hands-on experience, recreational leadership, and team-building activities. Visit: nesrm.org/YouthRangeCamp.html.  To request a $100...

N Management Forms Past Due

The 2019 Nitrogen Management forms were due on March 31st. The weather has made this a very difficult year. While waiting for the fields to dry out, the Central Platte NRD is requesting that producers submit the nitrogen management report forms now- even if you do not have the soil tests completed. The reports are still due, however, the NRD will not issue Cease & Desist Orders for not having soil tests this year. If soil tests do become available, submit the soil test results to the NRD by: -Dropping them off or mailing them to our office: 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island -Scan & email Sandy at noecker@cpnrd.org or Tricia at dudley@cpnrd.org We will send you the Nitrogen recommendations upon request. Please take care of this before you get into the fields. CPNRD would like to avoid sending out non-compliance letters later when you are trying to plant. If you have any questions or need help with the reports call (308)...

Scholarship Deadline Extended

Scholarship Deadline Extended for Junior & Senior College Students Junior and senior college students pursuing a degree in natural resources are encouraged to apply for the CPNRD-Ron Bishop College Scholarship Program. The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) will award five students scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year. The District ranks applicants on their qualifications and essay questions.  Students must be a junior, senior, or 5th-year college student. The applicant or their parent(s) must reside within CPNRD boundaries; which reach from Gothenburg to Columbus along the Platte River. Some of the careers that qualify: -Agriculture: Business Rep, Engineer, Inspector, Agronomist, Applied Science/Diversified -Biologist -Engineer: Civil, Mechanical, Chemical -Conservationist, Resources Management -Environmental Educator -Geographic Information Systems Specialist -Geology Engineering -Grazing Livestock System -Hydrologist, Hydrogeologist -Mechanized Systems/Soil & Water Conservation -Rangeland Management -Soil Conservationist/ Soil Engineer -Vocational/Agriculture Educator -Water Resources Specialist -Other related careers The application must be postmarked by April 19, 2019. Applications are available on the CPNRD website at: cpnrd.org/College Scholarships or by contacting Marcia Lee at (308) 385-6282 or email: lee@cpnrd.org. Central Platte NRD is one of 23 Natural Resources Districts created by the Nebraska Legislature in 1972 to protect the state’s natural resources.  The CPNRD strives to protect groundwater and surface water, reduce flood threats, conserve soil health, create and protect wildlife habitat, and educate children and adults to use natural resources wisely. #####...