Nov. 30 Board Meeting

Central Platte NRD Board to Meet November 30th The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors will hold their regularly scheduled meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017.  The meeting will be held at CPNRD’s office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Board Officer Nominating Committee- The Board will elect a three-member board officer nominating committee to make recommendations for secretary and treasurer. Board officers may serve two, two-year terms. Barry Obermiller, Grand Island, has served two full terms and is not eligible for re-election as secretary. Charles Maser, Grand Island, has served one full term and is eligible for re-election as treasurer. -Audit Report- Allison Petr, Lutz Accounting, will present the 2016/2017 audit report. -Natural Resources Conservation Service  Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report to the board. -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 Events The board will meet on December 21, January 25, and February 22. Water Information Update: February 7 from 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Hotel Grand, Grand...

Flood Control Contract Amendments Approved

Central Platte NRD Board Approves Flood Control Contract Amendments The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors approved Contract Amendment #6 with JEO Consulting in the amount of $320,635.25 at their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday. The amendment will extend services for the Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Flood Control Project (PSM) for land/easement negotiation, an operation and maintenance manual, desktop dam failure exercise, flood alert system feasibility evaluation, project highlight information and benefit cost update, and a conditional letter of map revision for FEMA. A change order (#2) was also approved with Van Kirk Construction to extend their contract to April 30, 2018, to allow additional time to smooth and seed the bottom of detention cells on PSM due to wet weather conditions. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Modeling Update  Jim Schneider, Olsson Associates, said results of the Hydrogeologic Evaluation and Subregional Groundwater Modeling shows that excess flows from the Dawson County Canals is being returned to the Platte River more quickly than anticipated; which is a positive effect. The subregional model covers three percent of the Cooperative Hydrology Study area, allowing for a more detailed and complex evaluation of how water moves through the river and aquifer system. Several subregional models are being conducted in Nebraska. -Canal Update  Brandi Flyr, hydrologist, gave an update on excess flows and temporary transfers on the NRD’s surface water canals in Dawson County. Flyr reported that CPNRD continued to work with Cozad, Orchard-Alfalfa, and Thirty-Mile canals to increase streamflow and aquifer recharge.  Immediate streamflow benefits occurred through temporary water agreements that reduced the amount of surface water diversions from the river, thus increasing streamflow...

Hazard Mitigation Plan Approved

NEWS RELEASE Central Platte NRD Approves Hazard Mitigation Plan Update (GRAND ISLAND, NE)-  The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors adopted a resolution to approve the updated CPNRD Hazard Mitigation Plan during their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday. CPNRD sponsored both the initial development of the plan in 2010 and the current updated Plan. Local cities, towns, villages, schools, and fire departments that participated in the planning process and adopted the plan locally are now eligible to apply for FEMA grants aimed at implementing mitigation projects to reduce future losses from natural hazards. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Kearney Whitewater Association Bruce Karnatz presented an update on the Association’s efforts to remove litter, promote water safety, and improve public access to the 2.5-mile water trail on the Platte River/Turkey Creek. Karnatz said the board is working to extend the water trail another 13 miles to the Bassway Strip Highway 10 bridge and requested the NRD’s assistance with flood prevention and mitigation, invasive species control, bank stabilization, stormwater solids reduction, hazard removal, and improved public access. The Association was provided CPNRD’s new Urban Conservation Cost Share Program which assists sponsors with the acquisition of land, or land rights, and to establish, develop and improve public recreational areas. -Platte River Program  Mark Czaplewski, biologist, gave an update on the Program’s Governance Committee’s effort to continue planning for a 13-year extension of the First Increment of the Program; which is set to expire at the end of 2019.  In support of that effort, the Bureau of Reclamation is preparing for the required National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental assessment process.  One...

September 28 Board Agenda

Central Platte NRD’s board of directors will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017.  The meeting will take place at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE and is open to the public. AGENDA 1. NRCS Report Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report to the board. 2. Kearney Whitewater Bruce Karnatz, Kearney Whitewater Association, will report on recent projects. 3. Hazard Mitigation Plan The board will consider action to approve the updated Hazard Mitigation Plan. 4. Platte River Program Mark Czaplewski will report on the Platte River Recovery Implementation Plan. 5. Support Letter Lyndon Vogt will request a letter of support be sent in favor of preserving the High Plains Regional Climate Center. 6. Long Range Plan Marcia Lee will present changes to the Long Range Implementation Plan. The board will consider approval of the Plan in October. View 7. Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Jim Bendfeldt will report. 8. Nebraska Natural Resources Commission Mick Reynolds will report. 9. Cost Share The board will take action on cost share requests. 10. Financial Report Action will be taken on the September financial report. 11. Executive Session Discuss land rights negotiations. 12. Upcoming Board Meetings The board will set meeting dates for November and December. 13. Other As may develop prior to the board meeting....

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...