September 8-Prescribed Burn Info Meeting

The public is invited to attend CPNRD’s Prescribed Burn Information Meeting to be held on Thursday, September 8 from 10:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. @ the Nebraska Barn & Grill in Gothenburg, NE. There is no cost to attend & buffet lunch is sponsored.  RSVP no later than Sept. 6th for lunch count with Marcia Lee at (308) 385-6282, lee@cpnrd.org; or Teri Edeal at (308) 325-1056. AGENDA FOR SEPTEMBER 8 10:30  Welcome & Introduction- David Carr, CPNRD 10:45  Central Platte Rangeland Alliance Information, Process of Getting Ready- Mark Alberts, Landowner 11:15  Burn Benefits and CPNRD Grassland Conservation Program- David Carr 11:45  Sponsored Lunch 12:15  Prescribed Burn Information/NRCS- Teri Edeal, NRCS 1:15   Optional Outside Burn Unit Site Visit OPTIONAL SITE VISIT The outside site burn unit visit will show the areas that were burned this spring including what the pastures looked like prior to the prescribed burns and the dramatic results after the burns. Participants will see firsthand how fire affects pastures and cedar trees. To RSVP and/or for questions, contact Teri Edeal at (308) 325-1056 or Mark Alberts at (308) 529-0642. For more information on CPNRD’s Prescribed Fire Program click...

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

  UNL to Present Vadose Zone Nitrate Findings Dr. Dan Snow and Jordan Sheild, UNL, will report on a three-year study of vadose zone nitrate in the Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD); including some areas that were sampled in the 1990s. The report will show locations of the first eight core samples collected, comparison of nitrate profiles to previous time periods, and estimation of nitrate transport rates at each location. As part of this vadose zone study, 46 sites collected across the CPNRD between 1990 and 1996 have been digitized and are being used for comparison with samples being collected. The report will be given at 2:00 p.m. at the CPNRD’s May board meeting to be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017, at the CPNRD’s office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Bid Letting  Jesse Mintken, assistant manager, will present eight bids received for Phase II construction of the Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Flood Control Project in Hall County to the Eastern Projects Committee. The committee will take their recommendation to the board to award the bid. -Hearing Requirements Don Blankenau, BWJ attorney, will meet with the Water Resources Committee to discuss the hearing process for variances, cease & desist, and water quality notices. -Joint Weed Management Position The board will discuss partnering with the Tri-Basin NRD, Platte River Program, Nebraska Public Power District and Central Nebraska Public Power & Irrigation District to hire a weed management specialist. -Spring Excess Flows  Duane Woodward, hydrologist, will report on diversions of excess flows since April on the surface water canals that CPNRD manages in Dawson County....

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

Central Platte NRD Changes Title Search/Transfer Fees Policy (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board made changes to how the District handles title searches and transfer fees at their monthly meeting on Thursday.  Landowners who transfer more than four certified irrigated acres (not on the same contiguous track of land), will be responsible for providing a copy of their title search to CPNRD, effective immediately. The transfer fee for the CPNRD to file transfers with the appropriate county courthouse will now be $200 for single county transfers and $250 for multi-county transfers. The previous policy required landowners to pay $325 for the District’s attorney to do a title search to gather all of the appropriate signatures and file the paperwork with the county.  The change will streamline the transfer process. In 2016, Central Platte NRD processed 160 transfers. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -National Envirothon  The board approved a three-year funding request for the 2020 North American Envirothon to be hosted by the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts in July of 2020.  CPNRD will contribute $8,000/year towards the event; which will showcase the success of Nebraska’s NRD system to manage resources on river basin boundaries to the top environmental science students and future leaders in North America.  Over 500 students, sponsors, and teachers from the United States and Canada are expected at the event. -UNL Agreement  The board approved a Standard Research Agreement with UNL that states that Central Platte NRD will not patent any research work performed by the CPNRD/UNL project coordinator. -Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores FCP-  Jesse Mintken, assistant manager, reported that the invitation to bid...

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,...