Want to Sell or Lease Water for Next Year?

The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) has started the pre-approval process for the Groundwater Exchange Program, which provides a way for producers to buy or sell water use for the upcoming irrigation season. During the pre-approval process, staff verifies that all participants are in compliance with CPNRD’s Rules and Regulations, document whether the participant is acting as a buyer or seller, the location and amount of water use, and whether the buyers want to purchase water for irrigation or for streamflow. Those interested in participating must be pre-approved by November 23, 2016. The online bid window for those pre-approved will be open from December 1 through December 9, 2016.  Buyers and sellers will go online to the CPNRD Exchange website with the personal ID that staff has provided to them.  Sellers will enter the amount that they would like to receive for their water use, and buyers will enter how much they are willing to pay. Central Platte NRD and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources have partnered in the financial cost to develop an algorithm that selects the best matches based on information that each seller and buyer enters- such as the price, location of water, and the depletion to the river.  The program then generates a report of all the matched exchanges.  The NRD’s Rules and Regulations regarding the transfers of groundwater irrigated acres are built into the computer program. Bids are based on acres, consumptive use, and streamflow depletion to the Platte River. The National Economic Research Associates (NERA) is the consulting firm who developed the computer program, accepts the bids, and provides CPNRD with...

Upcoming Board Meeting

The Central Platte NRD board of directors will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Please check back for a preliminary agenda. June Board Action Upcoming Board Meetings: August 31: August board meeting at 1:00 p.m. & Duane Woodward’s Retirement Open House 3:30-5:50 p.m. September 28 at 2:00 p.m. October 26 at 2:00 p.m. *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)...

Latest Board Action

UNL Presents Vadose Zone Nitrate Findings  PDF (GRAND ISLAND, NE) – Dr. Dan Snow, director of Water Sciences Laboratory, UNL, gave a progress report on the Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) Vadose Zone Nitrate Study at CPNRD’s board of directors meeting on Thursday. Core samples were collected for vadose zone nitrate including some areas that were sampled in the 1990s. The report showed locations of the first eight core samples collected with comparison of nitrate profiles to previous time periods, and estimation of nitrate transport rates at each location. As part of this three-year vadose zone study, approximately 27 sites collected across the CPNRD between 1990 and 1996 have been digitized and are being used to compare recent profiles at these sites to determine how fast nitrate is moving and whether changing land use management has resulted in reduced loading of nitrate in the vadose zone. These sites are all being used for agricultural production. The first eight sample results indicate that lowering nitrogen fertilizer amounts applied, reducing irrigation water applied, and changing land use practices at the surface may be lowering the nitrate concentrations in the vadose zone. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Bid Letting The board awarded the Phase II construction bid for the Upper Prairie/Silver/ Moores Creek Flood Control Detention Cell Project in Hall County to Hooker Brothers Construction Company of Grand Island in the amount of $2,246,959.00. Nine bids were received to excavate 1,036,300 million cubic yards of dirt for the detention cell. Hooker Brothers had the low bid, which was $1,175,041 below the engineer’s estimate. Construction will begin in mid-July and be completed by May...

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: July 27, August 31, September 28, October 26  Click here for agenda. Upcoming Events JULY Mon-Tues. July 3/4: Independence Day observed.  Office closed. Thursday, July 27:  Board of Directors Meeting 2:00 p.m. AUGUST Wednesday, August 16: Project SENSE Update. 10:00-Noon. Public Invited- click here for details. Mon-Thurs. August 28-31: NRDs @ Nebraska State Fair- Visit us in the Sustainability Pavilion from 9:00-4:00. Thursday, August 31:  Board of Directors Meeting 1:00 p.m.  Duane Woodward’s Retirement Open House 3:30-5:00 p.m. SEPTEMBER Monday, September 4: Labor Day observed.  Office closed. Tues.-Thurs. September 12-14: NRDs @ Husker Harvest Days- Visit our building on 6th Avenue. Wednesday, September 20: South Central Range Judging Contest-Valley County Thursday, September 28:  Board of Directors Meeting 2:00 p.m. OCTOBER Thursday, October 26: Board of Directors Meeting 2:00 p.m. For more information on any of these events, contact the CPNRD staff at (308) 385-6282 or email:...