Lake Wanahoo Dedication, Schuyler Levee Update, & more!

Sponsors Celebrate Completion of Lake Wanahoo

Sponsors celebrated the completion of Lake Wanahoo and the Sand Creek Environmental Restoration Project with a dedication ceremony at the lake one mile north of Wahoo on Saturday, September 29.

Approximately 250 guests attended the dedication, which included a pancake breakfast sponsored by Olsson Associates and remarks from a variety of speakers representing project sponsors and supporters. 

Following the speakers, several special facility dedications were announced for the recreation area, including the Doug Bereuter Dam, the Ben Nelson Breakwater Trail, the Daryl Reitmajer Shower House and the Ron Larsen Day Use Area.

Get the full story and photos here.

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Senator Ben Nelson & NRD Manager John Miyoshi

Dedication Ceremony Speakers

Speakers at the Lake Wanahoo/Sand Creek Dedication included:

  • The Honorable Rick Sheehy (Lieutenant Governor, State of Nebraska)
  • The Honorable Ben Nelson (US Senator)
  • The Honorable Jeff Fortenberry (Nebraska 1st District Congressman)
  • Colonel Joel Cross (Omaha District Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
  • The Honorable Chris Langemeier (Nebraska State Senator, District 23)
  • Jerry Johnson (Mayor, City of Wahoo)
  • Doris Karloff (Chair, Saunders County Board of Supervisors)
  • Clint Johannes (Nebraska Natural Resources Commission - Director, LPNNRD)
  • Tim McCoy (Deputy Director, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission)
  • Mark Brohman (Executive Director, Nebraska Environmental Trust)
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Project Partners

Partners in the Lake Wanahoo/Sand Creek Project included:

  • City of Wahoo
  • Lower Platte North NRD
  • Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
  • Nebraska Department of Natural Resources
  • Nebraska Natural Resources Commission
  • Nebraska Department of Roads
  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • Nebraska Environmental Trust
  • Pheasants Forever
  • Saunders County
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Norris, Raymond Central, Conestoga & East Butler Qualify for State Land Judging

FFA students from Norris, Raymond Central, Conestoga and East Butler are headed for state competition after placing in the top tier at the East Central Land Judging Contest, held October 11 at Two Rivers State Park near Venice.

The annual Land Judging contests are regional field competitions where FFA students compete to identify soil characteristics and suggested land practices at four different sites chosen by a soil scientist. Students work individually but are scored in teams of four, and the top teams in each region advance to state competition. 

See full results and photos here.

Construction Set for 2013 on Schuyler Levee Project

Design work is nearly complete on a levee project to reduce flooding in Schuyler, with construction expected to begin in 2013. 

The first phase of the project, set to begin next year, will involve construction of levees and channel improvements on a 2 1/2 mile stretch of Shell Creek north and east of Schuyler.

The second phase, tentatively planned for construction in 2014-2015, will involve a new 3-mile levee west, south and east of the city. 

When complete, the project will reduce flooding in Schuyler enough that the city will no longer be classified in the 100-year flood plain. As a result, residents will no longer be required to carry flood insurance.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the Federal sponsor of the project. The city of Schuyler and the Lower Platte North NRD have been the local partners for the study and design phases.

Project construction costs are estimated at $10.1 million, with 65% ($6.6 million) coming from Federal sources and the remainder ($3.5 million) locally.

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Now More Than Ever - Every Drop Counts

The Lower Platte North NRD would like to urge everyone to conserve water as much as possible. This summer’s drought was very intense, even more so than the drought of 2000-2006. The NRD received numerous calls about domestic, livestock and even some irrigation wells running out of water over the summer and early fall. A few towns in our district were also affected by the drought and their municipal well systems could not keep up with the demand for more water. We could see many more such problems if drought persists over the winter and into next year, as some long-range forecasts suggest.

Luckily Nebraska is blessed with ground water, but heavy pumping like we saw this summer puts considerable stress on our aquifer systems. 

We all share ground water - so please do your part to conserve wherever possible, because how much you pump does affect your neighbor. Please contact us at (402) 443-4675 or if you have questions about ways to improve your irrigation efficiency.

Be Water Wise

This fall, the NRD has received a few  reports of irrigation wells running after harvest, presumably to retain or build soil moisture in case the drought persists. This is a waste of time, money and especially water. Please don’t begin watering your ground until you have plants that can actually use the water.

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40 Years in the Lower Platte North NRD

The year 2012 marks 40 years of protecting lives, property and the future of natural resources for Nebraska’s 23 Natural Resources Districts (NRDs).

State Senator Maurice Kremer of Aurora was the architect of Nebraska’s unique NRD system. Kremer introduced LB 1357 in the 1969 Unicameral session to consolidate more than 150 special purpose districts into 24 (now 23) NRDs.

Kremer and the cosponsors of the bill (C.F. Moulton of Omaha, George Syas of Omaha, and Herb Nore of Genoa) felt that Nebraska’s approach to conservation had become muddled by the plethora of special purpose districts, which suffered from funding problems and overlapping authority. They wanted to establish multipurpose districts that could deal with a broad range of natural resources issues.

The result was a conservation system unlike any other in the nation, then or now. NRD boundaries are based on the major river basins in Nebraska, in recognition of the fact that natural resources issues often cross artificial political lines like counties or city limits. At the same time, NRDs are governed by locally-elected boards of directors. This innovative approach combines the flexibility of local government with a broader watershed approach to conservation.

NRDs officially began operation on July 1, 1972. At first, most NRDs simply continued programs begun by the previous soil and water conservation districts: primarily tree planting, flood control, and land treatment. Gradually, though, NRDs evolved into the multipurpose entities envisioned by their founders, becoming involved in groundwater management, outdoor recreation, and many other programs. Today, this unique system of locally-controlled watershed-based conservation is widely admired throughout the nation.


Since beginning operation on July 1, 1972, the Lower Platte North NRD has helped protect and conserve our natural resources in a myriad of ways. Some highlights from our first 40 years:

  • 500+ abandoned wells plugged
  • 825,000+ trees planted for landowners, towns, and civic groups
  • 45 flood control structures & 100+ small farm ponds constructed and/or maintained
  • Several million feet of terrace and outlet constructed with NRCS and landowners
  • Two rural water systems constructed, serving 300+ district residents
  • 10,000+ elementary and high school students hosted at annual Spring Conservation Sensation and Land Judging events
  • Thousands of water tests conducted for private well owners
  • Four outdoor recreation areas constructed, hosting thousands of visitors each year
  • Ice jam prevention and noxious weed control for 70+ miles of the Platte River
  • Sustainable development planning for river corridor between Lincoln and Omaha
  • Advisory role in US Army Corps of Engineers groundwater cleanup at former Nebraska Ordnance Plant near Mead
  • Several dozen jetties constructed with landowners for streambank stabilization on Elkhorn and Platte Rivers

..and more!

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