Project SENSE: Public Invited to July 27 Update

Still Time to RSVP for Project SENSE Update on July 27th After one year in the field, Project SENSE participants are seeing positive results.  Project SENSE (Sensors for Efficient Nitrogen Use and Stewardship of the Environment) focuses on improving the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer use.  The UNL Extension and Central Platte NRD representatives will release the results of the 2015 pilot field sites an introduce the SENSE technology and equipment requirements for those interested in participating in the future.  Following the presentation, attendees will caravan to Arnie Hinkson’s field to see how new techniques have benefited his operation. The update will take place from 10:00 a.m.- Noon on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.  Presentations will be held at 2003 N Cameron Road in Cairo, NE. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided following the update.  RSVP with Central Platte NRD at (308) 385-6282 or lee@cpnrd.org for the lunch count. Project SENSE is a collaborative effort between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Nebraska Corn Board, five Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) in Nebraska, and producers participating in the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network. Contact Dean Krull, UNL/CPNRD project coordinator, for more information regarding Project SENSE at (402)...

Upcoming Board Meeting

  Central Platte NRD Board to Discuss Title Search/Transfer Fees The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board will consider possible changes on how the District handles title searches and transfer fees at their monthly meeting on April 27, 2017.  The Water Resources Committee will first discuss the current policy; which requires landowners wanting to transfer more than four acres of certified irrigated acres not on the same contiguous track of land to pay $325.  This fee is for the District’s attorney to do a title search to ensure there are no liens on the property.  The Committee will discuss requiring the landowner to do the title search and paying a possible fee for the District to file the results with the County courthouse. The Committee will take their recommendation to the board.  The board meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the NRD’s office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -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. -Flood Control Project Jesse Mintken, assistant manager, will give the board a tour of the Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Flood Control Project; which is currently under construction.   ##### *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)...

Second Groundwater Exchange

  Central Platte NRD initiated the first Groundwater Exchange to allow producers to put their groundwater to beneficial use by leasing water for one growing season. An algorithm selects best matches based on information entered by the sellers and buyers.  A second Groundwater Exchange is planned for this fall and will include the Loup Basin influence within the CPNRD.  In June, the CPNRD board approved a contract with National Economic Research Associates (NERA) and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR) in the amount of $105,000 to design and manage the second Groundwater Exchange.  The second exchange will include the area of the Loup Basin influence.  The NDNR and CPNRD will each share 50 percent of the cost.   FEBRUARY 2015 Groundwater Exchange Rules & Regulations Approved Pre-Approval to Begin Next Week The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors broke new ground on Thursday by approving the Rules and Regulations for the Groundwater Exchange Program.  CPNRD will launch the debut of the Groundwater Exchange pilot program this March. The Groundwater Exchange Program will allow producers to buy or sell water, on a temporary leasing basis, for the upcoming irrigation season. A seller can be anyone with a certified groundwater use on irrigated acres such as pivot corners, irregularly-shaped fields or even full sections.  A buyer could be anyone looking to improve or add to their currently certified groundwater use or looking to increase streamflow. Both buyers and sellers will need to be pre-approved by making an appointment with CPNRD staff.  Interested participants have two weeks (Feb. 29-March 11) to meet with staff to be pre-approved. Appointments...

Sessions for New Online Crop Reporting Form

The Central Platte Natural Resources District will host four sessions to show producers how to fill out the new online crop reporting form for the Groundwater Quality Management Program.  This new system is compatible with all mobile devices.   Sandy Noecker, data compliance officer, will present how to navigate through the system.  Following the presentation, CPNRD staff will personally help producers fill out their forms.  Producers will need to bring the following records with them: soil and water test results, 2015 actual yields, fertilizer applied in 2015, and pump record (hours pumped).  The online form allows producers the convenience to log in throughout the year to record water/soil test results and actual yields, print the fertilizer recommendations for each field and print past reporting information. All sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 16: Kearney, Fairfield Inn & Suites, 510 W Talmadge Rd; Wednesday, February 17: Lexington, Holiday Inn Express, 2605 Plum Creek Parkway; Monday, February 22: Grand Island, Central Platte NRD, 215 Kaufman Ave; Tuesday, February 23: Central City, Central City Community Room, 1515 17th St; There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact the CPNRD office at (308) 385-6282 or email Sandy Noecker at:...

Latest Board Action

NEWS RELEASE CPNRD Approves Crop Evapotranspiration Study with UNL (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board approved an amendment with UNL in the amount of $343,259 to continue the Nebraska Water and Energy Flux Measurement, Modeling and Research Network (NEBFLUX) study at their monthly meeting on Thursday.  The Project has been measuring actual evapotranspiration rates of various vegetation surfaces by utilizing advanced techniques to measure surface energy fluxes, microclimatic variables, plant physiological parameters, soil water content, surface characteristics, and their interactions for various vegetation surfaces in the CPNRD since 2007.  The information collected is used for CPNRD’s Groundwater Management Program; which is based on crop water use, or consumptive use. This amendment extends the project through June 2020. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Bioblitz Request  The board approved a request from Kearney High School (KHS) and the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK) in the amount of $1,000 to design and develop a wetland to be named the Kearney Outdoor Learning Area (KOLA). On April 22, 2017, KHS and UNK students will collect, analyze, and record ecosystem and natural resources data in an area south of KHS to be transformed into a wetland later this year.  The BioBlitz will allow students to establish a baseline of data by which to measure ecosystem and wildlife changes over the years. -Non-Disturbance Agreement  The board approved a non-disturbance agreement with SoCore Energy, Chicago, so that their project, located south of the Kearney Northeast Flood Control Project’s easement area, can move forward. -Contract Modification  The board approved a change order on the Upper Prairie/Silver/ Moores Flood Control Project in the amount of $344,000...

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: February 23, March 30, April 27, May 25  Click here for agenda. Upcoming Events Credits Available at CPNRD Water Programs Conference on February 9th  Program Flyer Attendance at Central Platte Natural Resources District’s Water Programs Conference next Thursday replaces the requirement for landowners to take the Nitrogen Management Certification Test for the NRD’s Groundwater Quality Management Program.  Continuing Education Credits (4 credits) have also been applied for through the NHHS for professional Water Well Contractors License. CPNRD staff and guest speakers will report on groundwater level readings, results from current water usage research, and using CPNRD’s irrigation websites. Al Dutcher, Nebraska State Climate Office, will discuss where dryness issues are most prevalent and whether those areas will be a precursor to localized dryness Jessie Winter, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, will present the NDNR’s INSIGHT website; and Joe Krolikowski, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service will present new cost share programs available to landowners. The conference will take place from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds, 1400 E. 34th St in Kearney, NE.  The public is invited to attend.  There is no registration fee and lunch will be catered by Luke & Jake’s Bar-Be-Q.  RSVP is requested for lunch count by calling the CPNRD office at (308) 385-6282 or email Marcia Lee at: lee@cpnrd.org. Updates by CPNRD staff will include: -Groundwater Levels & Real-Time Water Usage Results- Duane Woodward,...