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Public Hearing Notice for Proposed Rule Changes

The North Platte Natural Resources District (NPNRD or District) shall hold a public hearing at 3:00 p.m. MST on October 13, 2016, at the NPNRD Conference Room, 100547 Airport Road, Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The purpose of the public hearing is to take testimony concerning the proposed amendments to Chapter 1 of the NPNRD Rules and Regulations for the Enforcement of the Nebraska Ground Water Management and Protection Act (Rules). For the full text of the proposed amendments to Chapter 1 of the Rules, refer to the NPNRD website, http://www.npnrd.org; contact the NPNRD at the address above; or contact the NPNRD at (308) 632-2749.

The proposed amendments to Chapters 1 apply to the entirety of the District. The following generally describes the proposed amendments to Chapter 1 (General Provisions):
Adds provisions for variance to rules and regulations. Defines process for requesting a variance, including application, review, public hearing and final action by the Board. Sets non-refundable filing fee payable to the District at three hundred dollars ($300). Describes reapplication procedures.

Any interested person may appear at the hearing and present written or oral testimony concerning the proposed amendments to Chapter 1 of the Rules. Individuals with disabilities may request auxiliary aids and service necessary for participation by contacting the NPNRD by October 6, 2016. Testimony relevant to the purposes of the hearing may also be submitted in writing to the North Platte Natural Resources District, P.O. Box 280, Scottsbluff, NE 69363-0280 or by electronic mail to the NPNRD at jberge@npnrd.org by 4:30 p.m. MST on October 12, 2016.

Click here to see copy of proposed rule changes.

Click here to see copy of the notice.

ReTree Week Event Announced

The North Platte NRD and Nebraska Forest Service (NFS) have announced events for Retree Week.

Click here to view NFS ReTree Website.

The North Platte NRD has two tree related contest open to our constituents.  First, is our annual Conservation Poster Contest.  This year’s theme is “We all need trees!”  The contest is open to children in Kindergarten to 12th grade.  Winners will be advanced on to the state contest, and the top three places in each category will get a gift card.  Click here for more information on the poster contest.

The North Platte NRD is committed to protecting our natural resources and conservation trees provide so many benefits to our natural world.  Trees provide protection from the wind for fields, shelter for wildlife and cattle, food sources, living snow fences, and many more. The NRD is asking people to develop conservation plans involving trees to help spread the word about the importance of trees.  Click here for the contest rules.  More information to follow.

For more information on the NRD’s conservation tree programs, click here.

The North Platte NRD is hosting a tree windbreak workshop to demonstrate the benefits of and proper design of a windbreak.  The event will be hosted on Thursday, September 22nd, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the North Platte NRD office, located at 100547 Airport Road in Scottsbluff. The workshop is free of charge and open to everyone.Click here for a copy of the press release.

North Platte NRD Receives $750,000 Grant for Telemetry

The North Platte Natural Resources District (NRD) is pleased to announce its award of a $750,000 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (Trust) to expand the Data Access and Monitoring Program (DAMP). This program will provide telemetry units to producers/landowners free of charge, with the goal of reading ground water flow meters remotely.

Producers and landowners will benefit from being provided real-time information to aid in their management decisions.  Utilizing the water usage information, in addition to information that can be added on to the additional sensor ports in the unit (moisture sensors, evapotranspiration gauges, or weather data sensors) will make landowners and operators more efficient.  They will be given unique, password protected login information, and their specific data will remain private.

For more information on the project, chick here to view the press release.

Click here to visit the Nebraska Environmental Trust’s website.

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.

NPNRD Photo Contest

The North Platte Natural Resources District (NRD) is excited to announce they have received a $4000 grant from the Scotts Bluff Area Visitors Bureau.  The grant money will be used as prize money for the NRD’s Conservation Photo contest.  The deadline for the first contest is 11:59 pm MDT on June 30th.

Click here to go to photo contest page!

Click here to view our winners!

Click here to see the official rules.

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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The Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund has generously provided funds for North Platte NRD projects: the Aerial Geophysical (HEM) Survey .

THANK YOU

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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