April Board Agenda

THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019 Central Platte NRD Board of Directors Meeting 10:00 – 10:30 Variance/Appeals Subcommittee Meeting 10:30 – 11:00 Eastern Projects Committee Meeting 11:00 – 11:30 Western Projects Committee Meeting 11:30 – 11:45 Programs Committee 12:30 – 1:15 Water Quality Committee Meeting 1:15 – 2:00 Water Quantity Committee Meeting 2:00 Board of Directors Meeting BUSINESS 1. TAPS Program  Chuck Burr, UNL, will explain the TAPS program and goal to facilitate farm management strategies through competitions. 2. NRCS Report   Joe Krolikowski, district liaison, will report. 3. Variance/Appeals   Review and recommendation on an appeal from Hall County. 4. Eastern Projects Committee   Review preliminary 2020 Fiscal budget. 5. Western Projects Committee   Review preliminary 2020 Fiscal budget. 6. Programs Committee  Review and recommendation on Ron Bishop-CPNRD College Scholarship applications. 7. Water Quality Committee  A. Compliance  Discuss cease & desist option for producers who haven’t submitted their 2019 Nitrogen Management forms and/or Nitrogen Management tests.  B. Budget Review preliminary 2020 Fiscal budget. 8. Water Quantity Committee  A. Wetland Easement  Discussion Review with possible action.  B. Budget  Review preliminary 2020 Fiscal budget. 9. Vehicle Review and take action on vehicle bids. 10. Managers Report  Lyndon Vogt will report. 11. Nebraska Habitat Conservation Coalition Mark Czaplewski will request a change of representation on the Coalition (NHCC). 12. Nebraska Natural Resources Commission  Mick Reynolds will report. 13. Nebraska Association of Resources Districts  Jim Bendfeldt will report. 14. Cost-Share  Action on cost-share requests through CPNRD and the NSWCP programs. 15. Financial Report  Action on the April financial report. 16. Other  As may develop prior to the board...

Summer Camp Scholarships

Summer Camp Scholarships Offered by Central Platte NRD The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) is offering $100 scholarships for students of all ages to attend the following natural resources-related camps this summer: ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL Summer Orientation About Rivers (SOAR) Camp is a nature day camp where kids in grades 3-6 explore the Platte River and other local natural environments. There are two four-day sessions from July 8-11 and July 15-18. Prairie Plains Resource Institute sponsors the event with several organizations. SOAR days begin and end at the Aurora Middle School. Registration fee for the week-long program is $150. Contact SOAR coordinator Jan Whitney, 402-694-5535 or visit prairieplains.org/education/ ACE Camp- Adventure Camp about the Environment hosted by Nebraska’s 23 Natural Resources Districts and several education partners.  ACE Camp will be held at the State 4-H Camp in Halsey, NE, from June 16-19; for students who have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grades. While at the camp students will learn from experts in the fields of water, wildlife, forestry, weather, soils, range, and outdoor survival. Students will also experience tubing, hiking, fishing, zip line, and river activities. Contact Marcia Lee (308) 385-6282 or lee@cpnrd.org or visit ACE Camp.  HIGH SCHOOL Nebraska Youth Range Camp to be held June 10-14 at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, NE. Students between the ages of 14-18 are eligible to attend. The camp offers experiences with rangeland management, wildlife, natural resources, leadership, and many outdoor activities. Students who attend this camp will be actively involved with field activities, lectures, hands-on experience, recreational leadership, and team-building activities. Visit: nesrm.org/YouthRangeCamp.html.  To request a $100...

N Management Forms Past Due

The 2019 Nitrogen Management forms were due on March 31st. The weather has made this a very difficult year. While waiting for the fields to dry out, the Central Platte NRD is requesting that producers submit the nitrogen management report forms now- even if you do not have the soil tests completed. The reports are still due, however, the NRD will not issue Cease & Desist Orders for not having soil tests this year. If soil tests do become available, submit the soil test results to the NRD by: -Dropping them off or mailing them to our office: 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island -Scan & email Sandy at noecker@cpnrd.org or Tricia at dudley@cpnrd.org We will send you the Nitrogen recommendations upon request. Please take care of this before you get into the fields. CPNRD would like to avoid sending out non-compliance letters later when you are trying to plant. If you have any questions or need help with the reports call (308)...

Scholarship Deadline Extended

Scholarship Deadline Extended for Junior & Senior 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 students scholarships in the amount of $1,000 for the 2019-2020 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 must be postmarked by April 19, 2019. Applications are available on the CPNRD website at: cpnrd.org/College Scholarships 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. #####...

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....