Impacts of Flood Projects

Central Platte NRD Board Views Impacts of Flood Risk Reduction Projects (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – On Thursday, the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors saw the positive impact that their flood risk reduction projects provided during the “cyclone bomb” that hit the state two weeks ago. While presenting drone videos and photos taken of the projects, Jesse Mintken, CPNRD assistant manager, said the projects are working as designed throughout the District; which ranges from Gothenburg to Columbus. Drone footage of the recently constructed Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Flood Risk Reduction Project in northwest Grand Island showed the two detention cells holding over 5,000 acre-feet; which is equivalent to water 15 inches deep throughout the project area south of Hwy 2 and east of Hwy 281. This project also includes four dry dam sites and a levee. The Prairie Creek flood waters that breached Hwy 2 and Airport Road in Grand Island took place at the final reach of the levee. Mintken said although the levee itself is nearly completed, construction on the final three culverts are scheduled to be completed this spring and tied into the levee.  Damage assessment will be completed when the flood water recedes. Currently, it appears there is minor damage to one drop structure and some erosion near the inlet on Silver Creek. The Wood River Flood Control Project that protected southern Grand Island was completed 15 years ago. The levee system allows flood waters to be rerouted out of the City of Grand Island during high water events. Mintken said the gauge at the Alda link on the project measured just 0.02 shy of...

March 28 Board Meeting

(GRAND ISLAND, NE) – The Central Platte Natural Resources District board of directors will meet on Thursday, March 28, 2019. The meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at the Central Platte NRD office, 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, Nebraska. BUSINESS 1. NRCS Report  Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report. 2. Eastern Projects Committee Review preliminary 2020 Fiscal budget. 3. Western Projects Committee  Urban Conservation Cost-Share Application, Review preliminary 2020 Fiscal budget. 4. Water Quantity Committee  Discuss Water Programs Updates in Amherst & Kearney. 5. Programs Committee  Review preliminary 2020 Fiscal budget. 6. Flood Risk Reduction  Jesse Mintken will give an update on CPNRD’s projects. 7. Managers Report  Lyndon Vogt will report. 8. Legislation  Mark Czaplewski will report on bills regarding natural resources. 9. Nebraska Natural Resources Commission  Mick Reynolds will report. 10. Nebraska Association of Resources Districts  Report 11. Cost-Share  Action on cost-share requests through CPNRD and the NSWCP programs. 12. Financial Report  Action on the March financial report. 13. Other  As may develop prior to the board...

Flood Control Contract Approved

Central Platte NRD Approves Contract for Flood Control Project (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors approved two action items for the Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Flood Control Project on Thursday including: -Water Level Monitoring Equipment Amendment #8 in the amount of $30,368.00 for real-time monitoring and data logging equipment. The equipment consists of water level sensors, cameras, and rain gauge sensors to be placed at strategic locations throughout the project. The water level and rain gauge sensors will read water levels and precipitation once every 15 minutes with 96 readings per day, and the cameras will take 12 images per day during daylight hours.  It was also reported that the NRD is working with partners to have a promotional event in downtown Grand Island this summer. -Silver Creek Levee  The board authorized and adopted Resolution 001-2019 for the Operation and Maintenance Manual for the Silver Creek Levee in connection with FEMA accreditation for Upper Prairie/Silver/ Moores Flood Control Project.  In August 2018, FEMA approved the Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR), including floodplain maps for northwest Grand Island/portions of Hall County.  The CLOMR approval is essential to provide assurance that FEMA will accept the technical information necessary to update the floodplain maps when the Letter of Map Revision is approved. -Design of Dams  The board approved a contract with JEO in the amount of $140,680 for a conceptual design of dams for multiple beneficial uses. The project will evaluate up to 150 existing and potential dam and other structure sites.  Key components of the project will determine the localized water balance, recharge potential, storage capacity,...

Feb 28 Board Agenda

The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors will hold their monthly board meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Location: 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. BUSINESS 1. NRCS Report Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report. 2. Variance/Appeals Discuss and take action on the following requests: A. Water transfer from Lower Loup NRD to CPNRD in Custer County B. Variance request from Merrick County C. Report and request Cease and Desist Orders for violators 3. Eastern Projects Review and possible approval on the following: A. Flood Alert System contract- Amendment #8 for Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores FCP. B. Authorize and adopt resolution for Operation & Maintenance Manual for the Silver Creek Levee in connection with FEMA accreditation for Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores FCP. C. Water Sustainability Fund- Conceptual design of dams for multiple beneficial uses 4. Programs Committee A. Update on crane viewing decks B. Review draft mission statement for the NRD C. Update on Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores FCP promotion 5. Managers Report Lyndon Vogt will report. 6. Legislation Mark Czaplewski will report on bills regarding natural resources. 7. Nebraska Natural Resources Commission Mick Reynolds will report. 8. Cost-Share Action on cost-share requests through CPNRD and the NSWCP programs. 9. Executive Committee Discuss legal matters. 10. Financial Report Action on the February financial report. 11. Other As may develop prior to the board...

Ice Jam Update

February 20, 2019 UPDATE ON ICE JAM – HALL COUNTY An ice jam on the Platte River channel and is now backed up to the Hwy 281 bridge. The first pasture east of the highway completely filled up with water overnight. The Arby’s parking lot & Days Inn hotel will begin seeing issues within the next 24 hours, possibly before the end of the day. With the weather forecast for the next 10 days having no substantial warmup and at least one more heavy snowfall, additional flooding is expected. In just a matter of hours, the channels can become clogged and flooding can occur.  Once ice begins to clog a waterway, the water can back up quickly.  If you live near a channel with ice, be constantly aware of the level of the water. Be prepared to evacuate. Residents may keep up to date with Emergency Management postings on social media such as Facebook and Twitter, as well as listen to local news outlets for announcements.  Tune in to NOAA weather radio for alerts or visit https://www.weather.gov/gid/ .  Residents are urged to take flood precautions including knowing alternate escape routes, having an emergency supplies kit, and an emergency communications plan with family and neighbors. Flood waters can be deep. Whenever there are rushing floodwaters, roads can be washed away quickly and bridges may become dangerous.  It is nearly impossible to tell how deep the water is.  Even if it looks shallow, do not drive into flooded and potentially washed out areas.  People have been trapped in their vehicles and/or drowned when trying to cross moving flood waters. It pays...

February 28 Board Meeting

Central Platte NRD Board Meeting February 28 (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors will hold their monthly board meeting at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. Action items and updates on the agenda: -Water Transfer  The Variance/Appeals Subcommittee will discuss a possible water transfer from the Lower Loup NRD to the Central Platte NRD in Custer County. -Crane Viewing Deck  The Programs Committee will discuss grant funding and possible improvements to the NRD’s crane viewing decks. -Mission Statement  The Programs Committee will review a draft mission statement for the NRD. -Integrated Management Plans  Lyndon Vogt, general manager, will report on the Basin-Wide and CPNRD Integrated Management Plan timelines. -Cost-Share  Applications through the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation and the Central Platte NRD cost-share programs will be considered. -Legislative Report  Report on bills relating to natural resources. -Natural Resources Conservation Service  Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report to the board. -Nebraska Association of Resources District  Jim Bendfeldt will report. -Nebraska Natural Resources Commission  Mick Reynolds, Middle Platte Basin representative, will report. -Executive Session  The board will hold an executive session to discuss legal matters....

Central Platte NRD Appoints Bohn to Sub-District 4

Lon Bohn, Gibbon, was appointed to Sub-District 4 on the Central Platte Natural Resources District board of directors at their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday. Since Bohn was appointed, he will serve a two-year term and would be required to file for another term in 2020.  Sub-District 4 includes a portion of East Central Buffalo County including part of Northeast Kearney and a portion of Northwest Hall County. Bohn takes the seat of Bob Schanou, Shelton, who did not refile. Other action items and updates on the agenda: -Board Officer Election  The board re-elected Jim Bendfeldt as chairman, and Mick Reynolds as vice-chairman for another two-year term. Board officers may serve two, two-year terms. -Committee Selection  Board members selected the committees that they plan to serve on this year. The following committee chairmen were selected: Jerry Milner, Water Quality; Jay Richeson, Water Quantity; Ed Stoltenberg, Eastern Projects; Marvion Reichert Jr, Western Projects; Keith Ostermeier, Programs. -2018 Violation Report  Luke Zakrzewski, GIS image analyst, reported that 32 violation letters will be mailed next week due to Irrigation of land that has not been certified or approved through a transfer. Violators must contact the NRD by February 28th, 2019, to resolve the violations. If the land continues to be irrigated without certifying the acres in question, a Cease & Desist Order will be issued and violators could face action in District Court with potential penalties of $1,000.00 to $5,000.00 per day of violation. -Cost-Share 15 applications were approved through the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation and the Central Platte NRD cost-share programs in the amount of $36,464.79. Practices approved were center...

Board to Appoint New Director

The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2019, at the NRD’s office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. AGENDA 1. NRCS Report   Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report. 2. Officer Election   Election will be held for board chairman and vice-chairman to serve for two years. 3. Appoint Director   The Search Committee will recommend an individual to serve as a director in Sub-District 4. The board will appoint an individual to serve for a term of two years. 4. Committee Selection   Directors will select at least two committees that they plan to serve on. Each committee will select a chairman after the board meeting has concluded. 5. Violation Report   Luke Zakrzewski will give a 2018 violation summary. 6. Legislation   Report on bills introduced this session regarding natural resources. 7. Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD)   Jim Bendfeldt will report. 8. Nebraska Natural Resources Commission   Mick Reynolds will report. 9. Cost-Share  Action on cost-share requests through CPNRD and the NSWCP programs. 10. New Employees   Lyndon Vogt will report on the individuals hired for Habitat Specialist and Easement Administrative Specialist. 11. Financial Report   Action on the December and January financial reports. 12. Other   As may develop prior to the board meeting....

December Board Action

Jim Bendfeldt of Kearney was re-nominated to serve as board chair at the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors meeting on Thursday.  Mick Reynolds of Wood River was re-nominated as vice-chairman by the nominating committee. The election will take place at the January 24th board meeting. Board officers may serve two, two-year terms. Bendfeldt and Reynolds are both eligible to serve another two-year term. -Cease & Desist Order Update  Sandy Noecker, data compliance officer, reported that 18 of the 88 Cease & Desist Orders issued to producers in November for failure to submit crop report forms for the CPNRD’s Nitrogen Manage­ment Program are still out of compliance. If those producers irrigate, they will be in violation of the Cease & Desist Order. Potential penalties for violation are a fine of $1,000 – $5,000 per violation, ineligibility for NRD cost-share, and restriction from transferring any irrigated acres. Noecker said the 18 producers out of compliance represent about two percent of the 900 producers in the program. -Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Flood Risk Reduction Project  The board approved: -Change Order #1 to VanKirk Bros. to increase the contract amount by $67,270 for a total contract price of $639,440.19. The increase was due to the requirement to excavate 2,200 cubic yards of unsuitable subgrade soils. -Extension of substantial completion date on the Silver Creek Levee project due to the U.S. Corp of Engineer permits approval being delayed. The completion date was extended to February 15, 2019. -Platte River Recovery Implementation Program  Mark Czaplewski, biologist, reported on the Program’s Governance Committee (GC) meeting on December 10, 2018.  The GC approved the $27.9...

Osceola to Host Burn School

A Prescribed Burn School will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, at the Polk County Fairgrounds Agriculture Building from 9 a.m. to 4:00 pm.  Workshop attendees will hear from speakers with a variety of burn experience and learn how to conduct a predictable controlled burn in an open-field setting. The workshop will focus on the benefits of using fire to manage grassland, however; since fire can start anytime and anywhere, the knowledge gained from the workshop will be valuable to anyone who uses fire to eliminate waste on their land. Mark Alberts, a well-known prescribed fire advocate in Nebraska, will be one of the speakers at the event. As a farmer, Alberts uses fire to control Eastern Red Cedar and other invasive plants on his grassland. The timing of a burn, how you prepare for a burn, and how much fuel is in the field, are important variables when planning a controlled burn.  Mark will be sharing his first-hand experience of what using fire can do for your land. David Carr, Bill Hiatt, and Lisa McMillan will also present at the burn school. Carr, Central Platte NRD range management specialist, has conducted hundreds of burns across from Gothenburg to Columbus, NE.  He was the burn boss for several burns right here in Polk County.  Hiatt is new to the Central Platte NRD staff, bringing 19 years of burn experience to the event as he shares about fire behavior.  Lisa McMillan, range conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Broken Bow, has mastered the art of writing burn plans.  She will share her knowledge and skills as she...