Dec 06 2022
Open House: Elm/Turkey Creeks Watershed Plan
12/06/2022, 5:00 pm

Elm and Turkey Creek Watersheds


The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will host a public open house to provide an update on the Elm-Turkey Creeks Watershed Flood Risk Reduction Plan. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Kearney Public Library, 2020 1st Ave, Kearney, NE.  The public is encouraged to attend and provide comments or questions to the project team. The meeting will be an open house event with no formal presentation.

The open house is being held to provide an update on the planning process and review the proposed flood mitigation alternatives within the Elm-Turkey Creeks Watershed. Attendees will learn more from project personnel, and have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

The flood risk deduction plan process was initiated in 2021. Hydrologic and hydraulic models have been developed to show existing flooding conditions, various flood risk reduction alternatives reviewed and a draft flood risk reduction plan has been started. The plan is scheduled to be finalized in 2023.  The plan area covers just over 106,000 acres of drainage including the entire Elm Creek Watershed to its confluence with Buffalo Creek south of the Village of Elm Creek; and the entire Turkey Creek Watershed flowing north of the Village of Elm Creek past Odessa and through the City of Kearney. Flat topography, combined with flow constraints along Interstate 80, contributed to historic flooding after a massive rainstorm occurred in July 2019 west of Kearney. Significant damages followed leaving local officials searching for solutions.

CPNRD responded by starting the Elm-Turkey Creeks Watershed Plan – Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA) to identify projects to reduce flood damages. Projects with a positive benefit-to-cost ratio qualify for additional funding to complete design and construction.  CPNRD has retained JEO Consulting Group to lead development of the plan. Residents are invited to attend the upcoming open house to review the proposed flooding solutions that the project team are recommending the NRD implement.

For more information, please visit the project website at

Feb 16 2023
2023 Water Programs Update-Feb. 16

The public is encouraged to attend Central Platte NRD’s annual Water Programs Update at the Merrick County Youth & Agricultural Center in Central City on Thursday, February 16, 2023.  There is no registration fee and lunch will be provided with an RSVP.
Please check back for an agenda as the event gets closer.

Credits Available

  1. Attendance replaces the requirement to take Nitrogen Management Certification Test for the NRD’s Groundwater Quality Management Program.
  2. Continuing Education Credits (4 credits) have been applied for the professional Water Well Contractors License through the Nebraska Health & Human Services.
  3. NEW! Continuing Education Credits (3 credits) for Soil & Water Management are available for Certified Crop Advisors.

Contact: Marcia Lee, Information/Education Specialist  (308) 385-6282