February 25 Board Meeting

Downey Drilling Selected to Construct Monitoring Wells for Central Platte NRD On Thursday (February 25, 2021), the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors selected Downey Drilling to construct 12 dedicated monitoring wells in Buffalo and southern Hall counties in the amount of $27,546.42. CPNRD staff measures 450-500 wells throughout the District each spring and fall to monitor groundwater levels as part of the Groundwater Quantity Management Program. The new wells will replace irrigation wells that are no longer accessible to measure. The wells may also be used to monitor nitrate in the vadose zone in the future. ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Rainwater Basin Joint Venture Andy Bishop, Coordinator, gave an update on the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture’s (RWBJV) programs and employee partnerships. Central Platte NRD, RWBJV and NRCS currently have three joint easement specialists including Michelle Steffen, Krystal Bialas and Elison Wagner. The partnership has provided additional opportunities to meet long-term and short-term private lands objectives and habitat improvement for waterfowl and wildlife. -Platte Valley Industrial Park The board approved a Scope of Services contract with Olsson Inc. up to $87,500 to design a drainage ditch from Wildwood Drive to Locust Street for the Platte Valley Industrial Park in Grand Island, Nebraska. The project will consist of grading existing county road ditches from Blaine Street to Schimmer Drive, easements, and installation of a 36″ storm sewer pipe that will drain into the south channel of the Wood River Flood Control Project. Central Platte NRD will manage construction and acquisition of all right-of-way and/or easements within city limits. The estimated $650,000 project cost will be shared by the partners...

January 28 Board Mtg

New Officers and Directors on Central Platte NRD Board The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) elected a new chairman and a new vice-chairman at their board of directors meeting on Thursday. The board elected Mick Reynolds, Wood River, as the new chairman of the board. Reynolds replaces Jim Bendfeldt who served two full terms. Jerry Wiese, Grand Island, was elected as vice-chairman of the board. Officers are eligible to serve two, two-year terms. Two directors were also appointed to the board for a two-year term. Tom Downey, Lexington, was appointed to Sub-District 2 and Ryan Kegley, Kearney, was appointed to Sub-District 4. The two vacancies were due to directors recently moving out of their subdistricts. Chris Henry, Cozad, moved out of Subdistrict 2 and resigned from the board. Eric Davis, Kearney, was elected to replace Keith Stafford in Subdistrict 4. Davis moved to a new location in Kearney and inadvertently moved into Subdistrict 3. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -30-Year Acreage Reserve Program The board approved adding a section to CPNRD’s Ground Water Management Program Rules and Regulations titled Section B-Rule 8: 30-Year Acreage Reserve Program-Participation Eligibility and Rules. The 30-Year Acreage Reserve Program will provide a long-term solution in protecting surface water rights. Irrigation districts will sign up for the conservation program and surface water users will have the option to opt-in or opt-out of the program annually. A public hearing on the addition was held prior to the board meeting with minor amendments entered into record at the hearing. The Program was developed to ensure that supplies in the Platte Basin are optimized and managed efficiently with maximum...

December 17 Board Meeting

Two Seats Open on the Central Platte NRD Board of Directors Keith Stafford, Lon Bohn, Brian Keiser and Jay Richeson were selected to serve on a Search Committee at the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) board of directors meeting on Thursday to recommend board members for Subdistrict 2 and Subdistrict 4. The two vacancies are due to directors recently moving out of their subdistricts. Chris Henry, Cozad, moved out of Subdistrict 2 and therefore has resigned from the board. Eric Davis, Kearney, was elected to replace Keith Stafford in Subdistrict 4. Davis moved to a new location in Kearney and inadvertently moved into Subdistrict 3. The NRD will advertise for candidates in both subdistricts and letters of interest will be accepted until December 31, 2020. The Executive Committee will interview potential board members and make a recommendation to the board at the January meeting. ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS Irrigation Well Survey Presentation Charles Wortman, Professor of Agronomy- UNL, presented results of an irrigation well survey of nutrient concentrations and water quality properties. The Central Platte NRD took 100 well samples this summer to contribute to the statewide study. Wortman said the results indicated that 40 percent of the District’s wells tested at or higher than 10 parts per million for nitrates; while nutrients, lime supply, salinity, and sodium are at acceptable levels. Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Project The Eastern Projects Committee reviewed and recommended approval of Change Order #1 from Blessing Construction to resurface 3,000 linear feet of the access road around the detention cell at the Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Flood Risk Reduction Project in Grand Island, NE. The Board approved the invoice...

January 28 Public Hearing

The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s Board of Directors will hold a public hearing at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2021, at the Central Platte NRD office; located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, Nebraska. The NRD is proposing to add a section to the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s Ground Water Management Program Rules and Regulations titled Section B-Rule 8: 30-Year Acreage Reserve Program-Participation Eligibility and Rules. PROPOSED CHANGES The 30-Year Acreage Reserve Program will provide a long-term solution in protecting surface water rights. Irrigation districts will sign up for the conservation program and surface water users will have the option to opt-in or opt-out of the program annually. The Program was developed to ensure that supplies in the Platte Basin are optimized and managed efficiently with maximum benefits and to meet water management obligations for the Basin-Wide Plan for Joint Integrated Water Resources Management of Overappropriated Portions of the Platte River Basin, CPNRD’s Integrated Management Plan, and Nebraska’s New Depletion Plan for the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program. The complete text of the proposed 30-Year Acreage Reserve Program is available here or by calling the Central Platte NRD office at (308) 385-6282 during normal weekday working...

November 19 Board Mtg

Board Approves Drainage & Conservation Agreements PRESS RELEASE Central Platte NRD Board to Approves Drainage and Acreage Reserve Agreements (GRAND ISLAND, NE)- The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s board of directors approved an agreement to improve drainage both up and downstream of the Platte Valley Industrial Park (PVIP) area in Grand Island at their meeting on Thursday. The project will consist of grading existing county road ditches from Blaine Street to Schimmer Drive, easements, and installation of a 36″ storm sewer pipe that would drain into the south channel of the Wood River Flood Control Project. Central Platte NRD will manage construction and acquisition of all right-of-way and/or easements within city limits. The estimated $650,000 project cost will be shared by the partners including Central Platte NRD, Grand Island Economic Development Corporation, Grand Island City Council, and Hall County. Central Platte NRD’s cost is estimated to be $180,000 and will be funded in two fiscal budget years. OTHER ACTION/AGENDA ITEMS -Acreage Reserve Program The board approved holding a public hearing to consider hosting a 30-Year Acreage Reserve Program to include in Chapter 8 of the CPNRD’s Ground Water Management Plan Rules and Regulations. The conservation program will provide a long-term solution in protecting surface water rights. Irrigation districts will sign up for the program and surface water users will have the option to opt-in or opt-out of the program annually. The Program was developed to ensure that supplies in the Platte Basin are optimized and managed efficiently with maximum benefits and to meet water management obligations. A public hearing will be held at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, January 21,...