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

January 26, 2017 Water Purchase Credits Available to Producers Following Central Platte NRD’s Approval to Proceed With Conservation Easement (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – Producers in the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) may soon have more options to purchase water credits following the board’s approval on Thursday to proceed with a 320-acre conservation easement to implement a wetland mitigation bank in Buffalo County. Westervelt Ecological Services is the entity who will implement the wetland; while working closely with the CPNRD, Nebraska Resources Conservation Service and the Nebraska Audubon, who owns property that surrounds the potential wetland.  James Huntwork, regional liaison for NRCS, reported that there is a need for a wetland mitigation bank in central Nebraska to restore, create or enhance wetlands.  The Wetland Mitigation Program provides the opportunity for farmers and ranchers to purchase credits from wetlands mitigation banks to compensate for the impact of lost wetlands; while maintaining eligibility for other USDA programs. The Nebraska Board of Education Lands & Funds (BELF) serves in the dual capacity of both land owner and manager of the property.  In Nebraska, rents are collected on 3,200 agricultural leases and 250 mineral leases. BELF was established by the Nebraska Constitution to serve as Trustee of lands contributed to the State in 1867 by the federal government. As Trustee of these lands, the Board is bound by fiduciary duty to its beneficiaries—Nebraska’s K-12 public schools. The net income from the Trust is deposited in the Temporary School Trust Fund, which is distributed annually to the K-12 public schools statewide on a per-pupil basis. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Election  The board elected Jim Bendfeldt,...

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,...