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NRD Introduces New Recycling Cost-Share Program

In conjunction with Keep Scottsbluff/Gering Beautiful and America Recycles day, the North Platte Natural Resources District (NRD) was awarded a grant from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality to develop a cost-share program to assist businesses and residents the purchase of recycling bins.

The cost-share program is open to any resident or business within the North Platte NRD, and the NRD will reimburse 50 percent of the total cost.  The participant must fill out the cost-share form and provide a receipt to get reimbursed.  The program will be first come-first served and will cover containers made of recycled material only.  Proper documentation will be required.

Click here to view Recycling page

November Board Meeting Moved to November 19th

The North Platte Natural Resources District (NRD) monthly Board of Directors meeting has been moved to November 19th at 11:30 am MST at the NPNRD office, 100547 Airport Road in Scottsbluff.

The original meeting time will not meet the quorum requirement, so they will not be able to take any formal action.  The move will allow for the board to take any action that agenda requires.

Flow Meters Readings Will Begin October 1st

The North Platte Natural Resources District would like to remind producers that the water year ends on September 30, 2015.  Employees of the NRD will enter upon property beginning October 1, 2015 and continuing through the middle of November for the purpose of recording the readings on flow meters. This includes all irrigation, livestock and aquaculture wells and any other wells you may have on your property, except for domestic or range livestock wells, in the overappropriated portion of the District, including the Pumpkin Creek Basin subarea. Flow meters that are on the NRD maintenance schedule and are due for maintenance will be serviced at the time of reading. The NRD vehicles are clearly marked with our name. It may be necessary to enter some properties more than once in the event an additional reading may be needed.

Click Here to read the press release.

Flow Meters Required for Fully Appropriated Area

Flow meter requirements for over-appropriated areas have been around since 2007; however, the board approved new requirements on fully-appropriated areas that must be completed by December 31, 2016. These requirements give the NRD important data to utilize for ground water models, otherwise known as the Western Water Use Management Model (WWUMM) which was created to help meet obligations under the Integrated Management Plan and the Platte River Recovery Program. Flow meters show an accurate depiction of what is happening on the ground that can be used with the WWUMM to simulate conditions in the aquifer. These predictions help the NRD to make decisions based on the best available data to save future water resources.

Click here to view the fully appropriated area.


A Big Thank You to Our Summer Interns!

Our summer interns: Amanda Shepperd Colin Chatterton, Kaitlyn Kryzanowski. Colin and Kaitlyn are leaving us today, while Amanda will be around for a while longer. Thank you for all your hard work and we hope you enjoyed your time at the North Platte NRD!

Summer of 2015 Interns

Interactive Recreational Mapping Application

The North Platte Natural Resources District (NRD) has developed a new interactive
Recreational Mapping Application.  The mapping application provides detailed information on several of the recreation areas in the district, activities, wildlife, photo opportunities, and much more.

Click here to go to the map!

Click here to go to out Recreation Mapping page!

Click here for some new changes made to the app!

NPRND Board Adopted Proposed Rule Changes

The North Platte NRD Board of Director adopted the proposed changes to the Rules & Regulations For the Enforcement of the Nebraska Ground Water Management and Protection Act.  They also adopted the proposed changes to the Chemigation rules.  The adopted changes are below.

Click Here for the North Platte NRD’s Rules & Regulations For the Enforcement of the Nebraska Ground Water Management and Protection Act (Index provided below)

  • Chapter 1 – General Provisions
  • Chapter 2 – Procedures for Enforcement
  • Chapter 3 - Certification of Ground Water Use
  • Chapter 4 – Installation and use of Flow Meters
  • Chapter 5 – Transfer of Ground Water
  • Chapter 6 - Allocation of Ground Water for the Overappropriated Portion of the District  (Excluding the Pumpkin Creek Basin Subarea)
  • Chapter 7 – Allocation of Ground Water for the Pumpkin Creek Basin Ground Water Management Subarea
  • Chapter 8 - Lisco-Oshkosh-Lewellen Ground Water Quality Management Subarea.

Click Here for the adopted Chemigation Rules


Hydrographs and Water Monitoring Interactive Maps

The North Platte NRD has one of the most extensive water monitoring programs in the country.  Staff collect data on ground water levels and water quality measurements routinely, and we have processed the data into an interactive map.  We have also developed animated timeline that shows our monitoring well program.  Click here to check out the timeline!

Monitoring Well Mapping 1

Click on the map above to see our interactive maps!



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North Platte NRD / 100547 Airport Rd / P.O. Box 280 / Scottsbluff NE  69363-0280

Phone: 308-632-2749 / Fax: 308-632-4346