Central Platte NRD to Select Contractor to Upgrade Crane Viewing Deck Near Gibbon
(GRAND ISLAND, NE)- The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) board of directors will meet by audio/video conferencing on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE. The CPNRD board room will be available for public participation in the meeting. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
-Plautz Viewing Deck The board will select an engineer to upgrade the Richard Plautz Crane Viewing Site near Gibbon. Central Platte NRD has received two grants to assist with rehabilitation of the site located at the intersection of Elm Island Road and Lowell Road. The viewing area consists of two elevated wooden viewing decks, a 1,650-foot trail, and a parking lot to provide a safe area for the public to view Sandhill and Whooping Cranes as they migrate through Nebraska in the spring. In the mid-1990s, CPNRD was a partner in building the site to increase public safety by reducing the extra in-flow of traffic and vehicles parking on nearby county roads which are used heavily by residents. The site is also a great way to increase public awareness of Nebraska’s Platte River wildlife. The two grants received are:
Recreational Trails Program (RTP) $259,500.00 from the RTP administered by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, CPNRD is required to contribute a 20% matching share. CPNRD will remove the nearly 1,660 LF deteriorated asphalt nature trail and replace it with an 8’ wide, 6” thick concrete trail and pave the 1,033 square yard gravel parking lot with 8” thick concrete.
Nebraska Environmental Trust $50,000 from NET to be used exclusively for repairs on the streambank near the viewing decks. The NRD will remove two large trees, install 2,700 LF of erosion control silt fencing, install 803 ton of quartzite riprap on the southeast side of Lowell Road bridge, install 600 willow stakes (live pole plantings) for natural, ecologically-friendly bank stabilization, and 0.6 acres of seeding and mulching once the new nature trail has been reconstructed.
-UNL Taps Sponsorship Consider sponsorship request. CPNRD has sponsored the program in the amount of $1,000 in 2018 and 2019.
-Draft Budget The Budget Committee will review the proposed water programs budget and the draft Fiscal 2021 budget. At their June meeting, the board will act to approve the 2021 Fiscal budget of expenditures to hold a public hearing in July.
-Managers Report Lyndon Vogt, general manager, will provide a report to the board including an update on the 92 cease and desist orders issued in April to producers who are in violation of the CPNRD’s Rules and Regulations for failure to submit their 2020 Nitrogen management forms and/or Nitrogen management tests. Irrigators in Phases II/III of the NRD’s Groundwater Quality Management Program are required to submit annual reports online at cpnrd.gisworkshop.com by March 31st annually. The reports are required prior to the irrigation season to allow producers to utilize UNL’s recommended nitrogen application rate; which is calculated as the producers fill out the forms for each of their fields. The cease and desist will be violated if the producer irrigates while in violation of the Program.
-Tree/Weed Barrier Sales Kelly Cole, administration assistant, will provide a report on the number of trees and the miles of weed barrier fabric sold this spring.
-Natural Resources Conservation Service Joe Krolikowski, district conservationist, will provide a written report.
-Cost-Share Applications through the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation and the Central Platte NRD cost-share programs will be considered.
-August Board Meeting The Board will consider moving their August meeting to September 3rd (a week later) to accommodate the budget schedule.
– Board of Directors Meetings: June 25, July 23