Jan. 25: Secretary/Treasurer Election

Board of Directors Meeting    Thursday, January 25, 2018 1:15 Water Resources Committee  |  2:00 Board of Directors Meeting BUSINESS 1. NRCS Report  Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report to the board. 2. Board Officer Election  Following nominations from the floor, the board will elect board secretary and treasurer. In December, the board officer nominating committee recommended Marvion Reichert, Elm Creek, for board secretary and Charles Maser, Grand Island, for treasurer. 3. Water Resources Committee  Discussion on a partnership with The Nature Conservancy for irrigation conservation practices. 4. Legislation  Lyndon Vogt will report on bills in this session regarding natural resources. 5. Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD)  Jim Bendfeldt will report. 6. Nebraska Natural Resources Commission  Mick Reynolds will report. 7. Cost Share  Action on cost share requests. 8. Financial Report  Action on the December and January financial reports. 9. March Board Meeting  The board will consider moving the meeting to March 29th. 10. Staff Introduction  Courtney Widup, water resources technician, will be introduced to the board. 11. Board Retreat  The board will consider rescheduling the Board Retreat. 12. Committee Selection  Directors will select at least two committees that they plan to serve on and each committee will select a chairman. 13. Other  As may develop prior to the board meeting. Central Platte NRD Board of directors meetings are held at 2:00 p.m. at the CPNRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island NE.  The public is welcome to attend. For more information, call (308)...

Scholarships Available-Jr/Sr 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 college students scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for the 2018-2019 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 deadline is April 15, 2018. Applications are available on the CPNRD website at: cpnrd.org/Student|Teacher Resources 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. #####...

Upcoming Board Meeting

The Central Platte NRD board of directors will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Please check back for a preliminary agenda. June Board Action Upcoming Board Meetings: August 31: August board meeting at 1:00 p.m. & Duane Woodward’s Retirement Open House 3:30-5:50 p.m. September 28 at 2:00 p.m. October 26 at 2:00 p.m. *Board meetings are held at 2:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month (unless stated otherwise) at the CPNRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue, Grand Island NE 68803.   Contact the CPNRD staff at (308)...

Latest Board Action

UNL Presents Vadose Zone Nitrate Findings  PDF (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – Dr. Dan Snow, director of Water Sciences Laboratory, UNL, gave a progress report on the Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) Vadose Zone Nitrate Study at CPNRD’s board of directors meeting on Thursday. Core samples were collected for vadose zone nitrate including some areas that were sampled in the 1990s. The report showed locations of the first eight core samples collected with comparison of nitrate profiles to previous time periods, and estimation of nitrate transport rates at each location. As part of this three-year vadose zone study, approximately 27 sites collected across the CPNRD between 1990 and 1996 have been digitized and are being used to compare recent profiles at these sites to determine how fast nitrate is moving and whether changing land use management has resulted in reduced loading of nitrate in the vadose zone. These sites are all being used for agricultural production. The first eight sample results indicate that lowering nitrogen fertilizer amounts applied, reducing irrigation water applied, and changing land use practices at the surface may be lowering the nitrate concentrations in the vadose zone. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Bid Letting The board awarded the Phase II construction bid for the Upper Prairie/Silver/ Moores Creek Flood Control Detention Cell Project in Hall County to Hooker Brothers Construction Company of Grand Island in the amount of $2,246,959.00. Nine bids were received to excavate 1,036,300 million cubic yards of dirt for the detention cell. Hooker Brothers had the low bid, which was $1,175,041 below the engineer’s estimate. Construction will begin in mid-July and be completed by May...

Upcoming Events

Board of Directors Meetings Board Meetings are normally held at 2:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Central Platte NRD office, 215 Kaufman Ave in Grand Island NE.   Upcoming Board Meetings: January 25, February 22, March 29?, April 26, May 24, June 28 Upcoming Events February **Wed. Feb. 7 *CPNRD Water Programs Update-Hotel Grand Conference Ctr, Grand Island (10:00-2:30) **Mon. Feb. 12 *Central Region Envirothon- Room 555 CCC, Grand Island (8:30-12:30) **Mon. Feb. 19 *Presidents Day observed. **Thurs. Feb. 22 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. March **Sat.-Wed. March 17-21 *NARD Legislative Conference- Washington D.C. **Thurs. March 22 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. **Tuesday, March 27 *Ag Day for 4th graders at Fonner Park- Grand Island April **Thurs. April 26 *Board of Directors meeting. 2:00 p.m. May **Tues. May 8 *Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival- Grand Island **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,...