New Rules & Regs Take Effect Nov. 1

The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) Rules and Regulations for the Groundwater Management Plan will take effect November 1, 2018. Changes will include: *Supplemental & Replacement Wells  The rule now emphasizes that new wells that irrigate new acres are not allowed. Supplemental and replacement wells are still allowed. *Transfer Schedule  A timeline was added for the transfer applications.  Our staff will now accept transfer applications from September 1st through March 1st for irrigated acres. *Sub-Area Transfer  The amount of time that a sub-area is required to stay under the transfer limit rule was increased from two consecutive years to five consecutive years.  The sub-area transfer rule does not allow transfers or supplemental wells until the sub-area groundwater level meets or exceeds 25 percent of the maximum acceptable decline. The Rules & Regulations are available by calling the Central Platte NRD office at (308) 385-6282....

Changes to Groundwater Rules & Regs

Central Platte NRD Makes Changes to Groundwater Management Rules & Regulations (September 27, 2018) (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – On Thursday, the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors issued an order for changes to the NRD’s Rules and Regulations for the Groundwater Management Plan. The order was approved during the CPNRD’s September board meeting with changes to take effect November 1, 2018. Changes include new language regarding wells and adds a timeline for staff to receive transfer applications. The order also 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 more than the 25% of the allowable level. The levels are determined by measurements taken in the spring by NRD staff. The changes are available for download at cpnrd.org or by contacting the CPNRD office at (308) 385-6282. The board also set a public hearing to be held on October 25, 2018, at 1:50 p.m. to lift the 180-day temporary stay on new wells and new irrigated acres. The stay was implemented to update the Rules and Regulations for the Fully and Over Appropriated Area of the District. During the temporary stay, the acre transfer tool was updated and new depletion numbers were implemented. The new numbers were determined by the Cooperative Hydrology Study (COHYST) Groundwater Model used for the Groundwater Quantity Management Program. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Pilot Program  Brandi Flyr, hydrologist, reported that the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources approved the transfer of 14,251 acre-feet of water to the Environmental Account. The transfer is part of Central Platte NRD’s...

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 meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018, (a week early due to the Thanksgiving holiday) at the Central Platte NRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. Central Platte NRD to Select Search Committee for Subdistrict 4 Seat (GRAND ISLAND, NE)- Subdistrict 4 of the Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) will have a seat open on the board of directors in January.  Bob Schanou, Shelton, decided not to file for another four-year term. Schanou was appointed in 2000 for two years to finish Carl Gangwish’s term. He has been elected each term since 2007, serving a total of 13 years on the board. Schanou served as Programs Committee chairman and was active on the Water Resources, Western Projects, Variance/Appeals, and Budget committees. Sub-district 4 includes a portion of East Central Buffalo County including part of Northeast Kearney and a portion of Northwest Hall County.  For further assistance in determining if you live in Sub-district 4 please contact the CPNRD at (308) 385-6282. The candidate selected will be appointed at the January 2019 Board of Directors meeting for a term of two years.  Letters of intent will be accepted until December 31, 2018, and should be sent to Attn: Lyndon Vogt, CPNRD, 215 Kaufman Ave. Grand Island, NE 68803 or emailed to vogt@cpnrd.org. BUSINESS 1. NRCS Report  Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report. 2. Cease & Desist   Sandy Noecker will request issuing Cease & Desist orders to producers who are in violation of the Rules & Regulations for failure to submit their 2018...

Latest Board Action

Stay on New Wells and New Irrigated Acres Lifted Effective November 1st The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors lifted the 180-day temporary stay on new wells and new irrigated acres at their monthly board meeting on Thursday. The stay was implemented to update the Rules and Regulations for the Fully and Over Appropriated Area of the District. During the temporary stay, the acre transfer tool was updated and new depletion numbers were implemented. The new numbers were determined by the Cooperative Hydrology Study (COHYST) Groundwater Model used for the Groundwater Quantity Management Program.  The lift along with the new Rules and Regulations (approved in September) will be effective Thursday, November 1, 2018. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Contract Amendment The board approved Amendment #7 of the Upper Prairie/Silver/ Moores Flood Risk Reduction Project with JEO Engineering in the amount of $75,006. The amendment adds engineering services for the analysis, floodplain delineation, and preparation of the Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) as a follow up to the approved Conditional Letter of Map Revision. The LOMR application will be submitted for the purpose of formally revising the hydrologic/hydraulic analyses and floodplain mapping for Silver Creek and Moores Creek in the Hall County Flood Insurance Study and applicable Flood Insurance Rate Maps. -Wildlife Encounter Application The board approved an Outdoor Classroom Community Grant application from the new Wildlife Encounter Discovery Center in Kearney, NE in the amount of $2,000. The funds will be used to build an augmented reality sandbox that is combined with 3D visualization applications. The sand is augmented in real-time with an elevation color map, topographic contour...

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:...