Board Meetings

Board meetings are held at 2:00 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month (unless stated otherwise) at the Central Platte NRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE 68803. Contact 308-385-6282 for details.

June 27 Board Meeting

UPCOMING BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
2:00 p.m.  Thursday, June 27, 2024
Central Platte NRD Office - 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE

Board of Directors Meeting
2:00 p.m.  Thursday, June 27, 2024
CPNRD Office, 215 Kaufman Avenue  Grand Island NE

Central Platte NRD Board to Consider Draft 2025 Budget and Bids for Office/Education Center
The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) Board of Directors will consider approval of the 2025 fiscal budget of expenditures for the public hearing to be held on the same day as the July board meeting. The levy will be set at the August board meeting. The June Board meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 27, 2024, at the Central Platte NRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE.

OTHER AGENDA/ACTION ITEMS

Proposed Office/Education Center  After four years of planning, the Board will review seven bids for the proposed office and education center and consider the Building Committee's recommendation. The bidding process for the proposed building, which would be located at the Prairie Silver Moores Flood Reduction Project northwest of Grand Island, was initiated in January.

The education center would offer both indoor and outdoor learning experiences, demonstrating the relationship between water, forests, grasslands, and soil. The outdoor sites will provide hands-on learning opportunities that complement topics presented at the indoor learning center. These sites would feature wetlands, walking trails, windbreaks, pollinator habitats, irrigation and crop demonstrations, monitoring wells, and other educational resources.

The center could host workshops and training sessions for agricultural producers, groundwater technicians, well drillers, and students to learn how to sample and test wells, use irrigation equipment, earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and explore new technology and research.

Agreements  The Board will consider the Budget Committee’s recommendations on an agreement to retain engineering services to assist with the COHYST Modflow 6 project model updates and a rate increase with Water Strategies for lobbying and federal representation services effective July 1, 2024.

Nitrogen Program Violations  Tricia Dudley, Water Quality Specialist, will request Cease and Desist orders for producers and landowners in Phases II or III of the Ground Water Quality Management Program who are not in compliance with the NRD’s rules and regulations. Violations occur when producers do not submit annual crop reports or fail to provide required water and soil samples or fail to keep up their Nitrogen certification requirements.

Variance Request  Review and consider an appeal request for a variance from a landowner in Merrick County. 

Manager’s Report  Lyndon Vogt, General Manager, will report.

Eastern Projects Committee  Jesse Mintken, Assistant Manager, will give an update on the Wood River Flood Control Project levy.

-Groundwater Levels  Luke Zakrzewski, GIS Image Analyst, will report on the spring 2024 static groundwater level results along with a comparison of the groundwater levels in 1982. The 1982 levels were established as the standard for the NRD’s Groundwater Management Plan with maximum acceptable declines and a margin of safety calculated for each of the District’s 24 Ground Water Management Areas (GWMA). 

Tree Report   Kelly Cole, Administrative Assistant, will report on the number of trees sold through the NRD Conservation Tree Program and the miles of fabric weed barrier sold in 2024.

Natural Resources Conservation Service Report  Joe Krolikowski, District Conservationist, will report.

Nebraska Association of Resources District  Deb VanMatre, CPNRD Representative, will report.

Nebraska Natural Resources Commission  Mick Reynolds, Middle Platte Basin Representative, will report.

Cost-Share  Applications through the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation and the Central Platte NRD cost-share programs will be considered.

Upcoming Board Meetings  July 25, August 29, September 26
Central Platte NRD’s Board of Directors meetings are held at 2:00 p.m. at the CPNRD office located at 215 Kaufman Ave in Grand Island.


ACTIONS/REPORTS FROM MAY 23, 2024

Central Platte NRD Board Approves Longitude 103 Amendment for Water Management Software

GRAND ISLAND, NE – The Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) nitrogen management software program will be available online again for producers following the approval of an amendment with Longitude 103. At their monthly meeting on Thursday, the Board of Directors approved a $25,000 amendment with Longitude 103 to continue facilitating the transfer of existing nitrogen management and transfer tools from GWorks. This program allows producers to input data for the Nitrogen Management Crop Reports and receive recommendations on nitrate applications. Currently, 850 producers participate in CPNRD’s Nitrogen Management Program, submitting 4,700 reports annually. The data provided by the producers is used for the Groundwater Management Program.

Tricia Dudley, Water Quality Specialist, updated the Board on recent letters of intent sent to 105 producers out of compliance with the Program. These letters are the initial step in notifying producers and landowners in Phases II or III that they are in violation of the NRD’s Rules and Regulations. Violations occur when producers fail to submit annual crop reports or provide the required water and soil samples. The Board will issue Cease and desist orders next month to the landowners who do not resolve their violations.

The CPNRD Board meeting was held on Thursday, May 23rd at the Central Platte NRD office, located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, NE.

OTHER REPORTS & ACTION ITEMS

Platte Valley Industrial Park (PVIP)  The Board approved an amendment not to exceed $31,100 with Olsson to evaluate additional routes to evaluate and design an alternate ditch route along the north side of Schimmer Drive to South Locust Street and north to the drainage ditch for the Platte Valley Industrial Park in Grand Island. The new route design is expected to be completed within 90 days.

In 2019, the board approved a request from the City of Grand Island and Grand Island Area Economic Development Corporation to allow water to be diverted into the south side channel of the Wood River Flood Project to alleviate drainage issues at PVIP between South Locust Street and Hwy 281. In 2021, Olsson designed a drainage ditch from Wildwood Drive to Locust Street that included grading existing county road ditches from Blaine to Schimmer Drive, easements, and 36" storm sewer pipe was installed to drain into the south channel of the Wood River Project. Last year, an amendment was approved for easement acquisition and appraisal services to complete geotechnical services including a seepage analysis and an archaeological study on 15.6 acres. The $650,000 project cost will be shared by partners: CPNRD, Grand Island EDC and the City of Grand Island.

Building Committee  The Committee reviewed bids and discussed options for the proposed office and education center at the Prairie Silver Moores Flood Reduction Project, located northwest of Grand Island. The Committee’s recommendation is to consider the Rogge General Contractors Inc. base bid of $13,300,000 with the additions of Alternate #1 ($90,000), Alternate #5A ($86,000) and Alternate #5B ($67,000) and removing Alternate #4 (-$70,000) for a total $13,473,000. The Board will consider the Committee’s recommendation at its June 27th Board meeting.

Based on the schematic design and development plans, the building will be approximately 20,000 square feet on the main level, with a lower level of the same size. The education center will offer both indoor and outdoor learning experiences, with demonstrations on water, forestry, grasslands and soil. Outdoor sites will provide hands-on learning opportunities, including wetlands, walking trails, windbreaks, pollinator habitats, irrigation and crop demonstrations, monitoring wells and other features. The center would be open to the public and host workshops and training sessions for agricultural producers, groundwater technicians, well drillers and students. These sessions will cover topics such as water and soil sampling, testing wells, using irrigation equipment, earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs), and exploring new technology and research.

Manager’s Report  Lyndon Vogt, General Manager, reported the following:

Surface Water Memorandum  Vogt reported that CPNRD has signed the multi-year agreement allowing it to store water in Lake McConaughey as controllable water, which is added to the Environmental Account for use by the Platte River Program. This water helps the NRD meet its IMP goals. Additionally, any portion of the water not needed for compliance can be sold to the PRRIP to help them meet their water goals.

Instream Flow Review  CPNRD is currently advertising the review of instream flow appropriations granted to CPNRD in 1994 and previously reviewed in 2009. These water appropriations are instream flow appropriations on various reaches of the Platte River generally between Lexington and Columbus, Nebraska, for the maintenance of habitat for four bird species including the whooping crane (endangered), sandhill crane, least tern and piping plover (threatened).  The flows specified are either a factor in providing bird habitat in the Platte Valley or a factor in providing habitat for food sources consumed by the birds.

NRD Health Insurance  Nebraska Association of Resources District’s (NARD) Benefits Committee interviewed Mid-American Benefits, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and United Healthcare to administer the NRDs health insurance. The NARD Board will consider their recommendation at their next meeting.

Budget Committee  The Budget Committee reviewed proposed budgets from the Eastern Projects, Western Projects and Programs committees for FY 2025.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)  Joe Krolikowski, District Conservationist, reported that 120 applications met eligibility for the FY 2024 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds in CPNRD, and 154 applications for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CStP) were preapproved for $18.5 million. He said the competition for these funds continues to be extremely high. Krolikowski also reported on the Pathways Internship Program. There will be 13 Pathways interns across the state this summer, including four to be placed in offices in the central area. Kylie Jerabek will work in NRCS’s Grand Island Field office.

Cost-Share  Two applications for grazing deferment and well decommissioning were approved through the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation and the Central Platte NRD cost-share programs totaling $3,603.

Upcoming Board Meetings  June 27, July 25, August 29
Central Platte NRD’s Board of Directors meetings are held at 2:00 p.m. at the CPNRD office located at 215 Kaufman Ave in Grand Island.

_____________________________________________________

ACTION TAKEN AT APRIL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
Visit Kearney Urban Conservation Assistance Request Approved by Central Platte NRD Board
The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) Board of Directors has approved a grant request from Visit Kearney for $25,000 to support the development of a wildlife exhibit within the new Kearney Visitors Bureau office and visitor center. This funding is part of CPNRD’s Urban Conservation Assistance Program, which provides financial assistance to governmental entities—such as cities, counties, and villages—to establish, develop, and improve public recreation areas. The Kearney Visitors Center, currently under construction at the intersection of 11th Avenue and Talmadge Street, aims to educate visitors about the diverse natural environment and wildlife in Central Nebraska and Kearney. The newly approved project will offer visitors a unique experience to learn about cranes and local wildlife.

The Central Platte NRD Board approved this request and took the following actions during their April 25th monthly Board meeting.

STUDENT RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS
Chelle Gillan, a Biology and Health Science teacher at Central City High School, brought two students to the Central Platte NRD Board meeting to present their research projects. Paul Johnson, a sophomore, presented his study titled, “A Study to Determine Correlation between Nitrates and Uranium in Central Nebraska Rural Wells.” His research explores the correlation between nitrate and uranium levels in rural wells across Central Nebraska, highlighting significant environmental and public health concerns. Dakota Sage, a junior, shared her research on “The Effects of Clothianidin on the Immobility & Mortality of Daphnia Magna.” Her project examined the impact of an insecticide on aquatic life.

OTHER AGENDA/ACTION ITEMS

Manager’s Report  Lyndon Vogt, General Manager, reported on two staff positions. Carrie Putnam has been hired as the Integrated Water Management Specialist to assist producers with the conservation programs available in both the Tri-Basin NRD and the Central Platte NRD. She will be based at the Tri-Basin NRD office in Holdrege. This position is funded through a grant. CPNRD is still seeking candidates to fill the Agronomist position. It is a 3-year grant-funded position, shared with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). The position focuses on gathering data to support federal cropping models and assisting producers with managing high residual nitrogen rates.

Alda Crane Deck Vogt reported that rehabilitation of the Alda Crane Deck and the construction of the walking path are on track to be completed in June. He also said that LB 388, the Property Tax Growth Limitation Act, failed to pass on final reading on the 60th day, the last day of the session. Vogt also provided the following documents to the Board:

Conflict of Interest:  Information from Attorney, Don Blankenau, concerning a recent conflict of interest violation and fine.

IMP: Following the 2023 Robust review, which indicated that the CPNRD has successfully offset post-1997 depletions in the over-appropriated area, CPNRD is planning to send a letter to the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR) indicating that joint determination requires updates to the second increment Integrated Management Plan (IMP). A draft letter to start the update process was provided to the Board.

Platte Republican Diversion: DNR will be holding a public hearing May 23, 2024. The hearing notice with all the details is attached.

Violation Report  Luke Zakrzewski, GIS Image Analyst, reported that 50 violation notices were issued in 2023 for irrigating uncertified land or land not approved for irrigation through a transfer. Of these, 39 have been resolved, and 11 are still in the process of resolving their violations.

Variance/Appeals Committee  The Board approved an appeal request for a variance from a Buffalo County landowner to transfer irrigated acres out of Groundwater Management Area 9 in the Central Platte NRD to the Lower Loup NRD.

CPNRD-Ron Bishop Memorial Scholarship Program  Madelyn Graham from Grand Island was awarded a $1,000 scholarship for the 2024-2025 academic year. She is majoring in Environmental Science and Biology. The Board also approved changes to the scholarship program, extending the annual application deadline to June 15th and allowing applications from college sophomores through graduate students who are majoring in a natural resources-related field.

Cover Crop Cost Share Program  The Board approved an increase in cost-share for cover crops, providing 50% of the actual seed cost, with a maximum of $2,000. Cover crops are a beneficial tool for managing soil fertility, soil quality, water, weeds, pests, diseases, biodiversity, and wildlife in agroecosystems.

FY 2025 Budgets  The Programs Committee reviewed and referred the Cost Share and Information/Education budget requests to the Budget Committee. Both the Eastern Projects Committee and the Western Projects Committee reviewed their respective budget recommendations and also referred them to the Budget Committee.

Nebraska Natural Resources Commission (NNRC)  Mick Reynolds, Middle Platte Basin Representative, reported that the NNRC met on April 3rd.  Governor Pillen appointed Larry Mohrman as the Groundwater lrrigators representative and John Shadle as the Public Power representative. Tom Knutson, who represented Surface Water lrrigators, resigned from the Commission. Reynolds reported that the following project applications were received:

  • Twelve applications were received for review.
  • Four Large projects, requesting over $250,000, totaling $12 million.
  • Seven small projects, requesting $250,000 or less, totaling $816,000
  • One application was submitted for a combined sewer overflow separation project.
  • One project that was approved and partially funded last year with an unobligated balance of just over $1 million will be funded before funding any new projects this year.

Cost-Share  Six applications totaling $15,436 were approved through the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation and the Central Platte NRD sensor-based management of fertigation, grazing deferment, flow meter and well decommissioning cost-share programs.

Natural Resources Conservation Service Report  Janelle Taubenheim, Resources Conservationist, provided detailed cost share reports for EQIP, CSP and CRP for the Kearney field office. She also reported on NSWCP’s locally funded programs. Joe Krolikowski, NRCS District Conservationist, provided a factsheet on Conservation Compliance and NRCS practices available for control of ephemeral gully (concentrated flow) erosion. The conservation practices are based upon the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide and the appropriate practice standard and are selected with various cropping systems and crop residue management methods that are common to the areas in the CPNRD that are most susceptible to sheet and rill and ephemeral gully erosion.

Upcoming Board Meetings  May 23, June 27, July 25
Central Platte NRD’s Board of Directors meetings are held at 2:00 p.m. at the CPNRD office located at 215 Kaufman Ave in Grand Island.

Board By-Laws

Board Meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month unless specified otherwise.
Time:
  2:00 p.m.
Location:  Central Platte NRD Office - 215 Kaufman Ave, Grand Island, NE 68803
The CPNRD board room will be available for public participation in the meeting. Social distancing guidelines encouraged.

04/25/2024
Visit Kearney Urban Conservation Assistance Request Approved
03/28/2024
Shellpeper Reports that CPNRD has met Post-1997 Management Goals
03/28/2024
Shellpeper Reports that CPNRD has met Post-1997 Management Goals
02/22/2024
JEO Update on Wood River Watershed WFPO
01/25/2024
Ostermeier/Reichert Elected as Board Secretary/Treasurer
12/21/2023
Board to Fill SubDistrict 8 Seat in Hall County
11/16/2023
Rules & Regulations Approved
10/26/2023
$30M New IRA Funds to Benefit Nebraska
09/28/2023
EA Presents Cover Crop Study Results
09/28/2023
EA Presents Cover Crop Study Impact Study Results
08/31/2023
Board Sets Levy for 2024
07/27/2023
2024 FY Budget Approved
06/29/2023
2024 Draft Budget Approved for Public Hearing
May
05/25/2023
Groundwater Management Plan Approved
04/27/2023
Search Committee Selected for SubDistrict 8
03/30/2023
Mike Wilkens of Gibbon Appointed to CPNRD Board
02/23/2023
CPNRD to Move Forward with Bids for Proposed Ed/Office Building
01/26/2023
Bendfeldt Steps Down from CPNRD
12/15/2022
Amended Water Service Agreement Approved
11/17/2022
Infrared Photography Approved for Water Quality
10/27/2022
Public Information Meetings for Groundwater Management Plan
09/22/2022
Urban Conservation Program Revisions Approved
09/01/2022
Board Sets Levy for 2023 Budget
07/28/2022
Board Approves 2023 FY Budget
06/30/2022
Groundwater Levels Showing Decreases
05/26/2022
Olsson Updates Board on Ground Water Management Plan Rewrite
04/28/2022
Update on Flood Design Projects
03/24/2022
Bell Reports on Health & Water Quality Research
02/24/2022
NRD Crane Viewing Sites Ready for Spring Migration
01/27/2022
Municipal Water Bank Approved by CPNRD Board
12/17/2021
JEO Presents Flood Reduction Alternatives on Lower Wood River Watershed
11/18/2021
NRD Board Approves Redistricting Modifications
10/28/2021
Farnsworth Updates CPNRD Board on Platte River Program
09/23/2021
JEO Presents Drought Mitigation Plan
09/02/2021
CPNRD Board Sets Lower Property Tax Levy
07/22/2021
Cover Crop Impact Study Shows Minimal Impact on Groundwater Availability
06/24/2021
Zone Nitrate Reduced by 10% within CPNRD
05/27/2021
Precision Conservation Management Specialist Position Approved
04/22/2021
Flood Monitoring Agreement Approved
03/25/2021
Central Platte NRD to Start Dam Rehabilitations
02/25/2021
Downey Drilling Selected to Construct Monitoring Wells
01/28/2021
New Officers & Directors on Central Platte NRD Board
12/17/2020
Two Seats Open on CPNRD Board
11/19/2020
Drainage & Acreage Reserve Programs Approved
10/22/2020
Floodplain Maps Explained
09/24/2020
JEO Selected to Develop Elm/Turkey Creek Environmental Assessment
09/03/2020
CPNRD's 2021 Budget Levy Down
07/23/2020
2021 Fiscal Budget Approved
06/25/2020
Groundwater Levels Continue to Increase
05/28/2020
FEMA Releases New Flood Maps in Central Platte NRD for parts of Hall County & Northwest Grand Island
04/23/2020
CPNRD Selects College Scholarship Recipients
03/26/2020
CPNRD Continues Funding for GeoCloud Project
02/27/2020
Board Selects Fire Contractor
01/23/2020
VanMatre & Ostermeier Elected CPNRD Secretary and Treasurer
12/21/2019
Historic Groundwater Level Increases
11/21/2019
58 Producers to Receive Cease & Desist Orders
10/24/2019
Buyout Options in Flood-Prone Areas
09/26/2019
Board Supports Platte Valley Industrial Park Request
08/29/2019
2020 Budget Levy Down
07/25/2019
NRD Receives Izaak Walton League Awards for Groundwater Festival
06/27/2019
Spring Water Levels Increase Throughout CPNRD
05/23/2019
Board Approves Plans for Public Hearings
04/25/2019
Board Approves College Scholarships
03/28/2019
Board Views Impacts of Flood Risk Reduction Projects
02/28/2019
Flood Control Project Contract Approved
01/24/2019
Bohn Appointed to Sub-District 4
12/20/2018
Bendfeldt/Reynolds Board Chair & Vice-Chair
11/01/2018
(Meeting Minutes Unavailable) -94 Producers to Receive Cease & Desist Orders
10/25/2018
New Rules & Regs to Take Effect Nov. 1
09/27/2018
Changes Made to Groundwater Management Rules & Regs
08/30/2018
Lower Property Tax Request Set
07/26/2018
Budget Reduced by $4.5 Million
06/28/2018
Spring Groundwater Levels Show Increase
05/24/2018
180-Day Temporary Stay- Effective Immediately
04/26/2018
25,800 Acres Treated for Phragmites in CPNRD
03/29/2018
CPNRD Buys 157 Acres for Groundwater Recharge
02/22/2018
Board Approves Drought Mitigation Contract
01/25/2018
Board Elects Secretary and Treasurer

By-Laws

The Central Platte NRD’s By-Laws were updated in March 2021.