A public hearing will be held Monday, January 13 on proposed changes to water rules & regulations.
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Public Hearing Set for Water Rules Changes

Monday, January 13, 12pm, NRD Office in Wahoo

A public hearing will be held January 13 at 12 pm at the Lower Platte North NRD office in Wahoo to take input on proposed changes to water rules & regulations, as well as the potential lifting of a temporary stay on well drilling declared in October. 

At its December meeting, the NRD Board approved draft changes to irrigation rules and regulations that would give the district more flexibility in dealing with groundwater shortages.The changes would include the creation of two "Special Quantity Areas" within Butler/Saunders and Platte/Colfax counties. In these areas, groundwater levels can be highly volatile and heavily influenced by drought and groundwater pumping. The updated rules would also allow Special Quantity Areas to be declared for other parts of the district if the need should arise.

The district's policy for irrigation expansion in the existing Limited Development Area would also change under the new rules. Because of the way the existing rules were written, currently the district must approve 2,500 new or expanded irrigated acres each year in the Limited Development Area if it receives enough applications, regardless of other considerations such as drought. Under the new rules, the district would have the option of approving up to 2,500 acres, but would not be obligated to do so.

At the district's regular Board meeting, immediately following the public hearing, the Board may take a vote on whether to finalize the rules changes and/or lift the temporary stay.

Go here for more details, maps of the proposed Special Quantity Areas and a summary of the regulations that would apply to those areas.The full text of the proposed rules changes are available as a PDF here.

Nitrogen & Water Conservation Certification Classes 2014

Twelve certification classes for nitrogen & water conservation have been scheduled across the NRD from January-March. Producers are required to be certified every 4 years. 

Get more information about certification classes here.

2014 Class Schedule

Thursday, January 9th 3:00 p.m.(after Corn Expo) Fremont - Christensen Field
Thursday, January 16th 9:30 a.m. Lindsay - Village Office
Thursday, January 16th 1:30 p.m. Columbus - Ag Park*
Tuesday, January 21st 1:30 p.m. ARDC - Mead
Thursday, February 13th 9:30 a.m. Schuyler - St. Benedict Center
Thursday, February 20th 1:30 p.m. Lindsay - Village Office
Monday, February 24th 1:30 p.m. Columbus - Ag Park*
(Chemigation Training class at 9:00 a.m.) 
Thursday, February 27th 1:30 p.m. David City - Hruska Library
(Pesticide Training class at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, March 5th 1:30 p.m. Fremont - Extension Office
(Chemigation Training class at 9:00 a.m.)
Thursday, March 13th 9:30 a.m. David City - Hruska Library
(Pesticide Training class at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.)
Tuesday, March 20th 7:00 p.m. ARDC - Mead
Monday, March 20th 7:00 p.m. ARDC - Mead

* - Ag Park classes will be on the second floor. The entrance is on the south side and is accessible by stairs or elevator.


Order Trees Now For Next Spring

Online ordering for handplant trees is now open for next spring. Get your order in now to be sure you get the species you want! Online ordering for hand plant orders is available here. Need some ideas on what to plant? Check out the Nebraska Conservation Trees website.
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