Public Meetings

Recent Public Meetings

Elm and Turkey Creek Watersheds

Central Platte NRD is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for the Elm-Turkey Creeks Watershed Improvement Project Work Plan – Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA). A public meeting was held virtually on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

The Elm-Turkey Creeks Watershed Improvement Project covers more than 160,000 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. The purpose of the project is to reduce flood risk to agricultural property, homes, and businesses in the plan area, as well as identify projects to reduce flood damage. Once the Plan-EA is approved, the CPNRD will work with NRCS and other funding agencies to move into the design and construction phases.

During the meeting, attendees will be able learned more about the Plan-EA from project personnel, as well as ask questions and provide feedback. Written comments will be accepted for up to 30 days after the meeting to John Petersen with JEO at jpetersen@jeo.com, 402-392-9923, or mailed directly to the JEO Grand Island office at 308 West 3rd Street, Suite 1, Grand Island, NE 68801.

The Plan-EA is being prepared to fulfill National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) responsibilities pertaining to federal financial assistance received through the NRCS’s Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) Program. Part of this project includes an evaluation of environmental resources and impact considerations, and all information gathered during the public meeting will help guide the planning process.

The Plan-EA is scheduled to be finalized in mid-2022. The CPNRD has retained JEO Consulting Group to assist in developing the plan.


Spring and Buffalo Creek Watersheds

The Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) has entered into an agreement to develop a watershed plan and environmental assessment document (Watershed Plan-EA) for the Spring and Buffalo Creek Watershed, under the Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations program administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The Spring and Buffalo Creeks Watershed Plan-EA study area is approximately 266,870 acres. The land is primarily agricultural and consists of grass/pasture and row crops. The city of Lexington is located within the study area, and the communities of Cozad and Overton are immediately adjacent. Spring and Buffalo Creeks have historically experienced flooding. Specifically, significant flooding occurred in March and July 2019 that impacted homes, businesses, infrastructure, and agricultural properties. The Watershed Plan-EA will help identify structural and non-structural alternatives to provide flood damage reduction as well as opportunities for groundwater recharge, threatened and endangered species habitat improvements, and recreation.

This project is being evaluated in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The NEPA process includes a written record of the analysis of potential impacts on the environment resulting from the proposed project. Impacts on both the natural and socioeconomic environment are evaluated.

Stay Informed

Online Public Scoping Meeting
CPNRD hosted an online public scoping meeting to inform the public of the project and to gather input on the most relevant issues from October 28 through November 30, 2020.

Draft Watershed Plan-EA Public Meeting
CPNRD will host a Draft Watershed Plan-EA Public Meeting, tentatively scheduled for April 2021. Check back later for more details!

Project Schedule

  • August 2020 – December 2020: Identify and Analyze Resources
  • October 28 – November 30, 2020: Online Public Scoping Meeting
  • October – December 2020: Project Scoping
  • December 2020 – April 2021: Formulate Alternatives
  • April 2021 – September 2021: Evaluate Alternatives
  • August 2021 – December 2021: Develop Draft Watershed Plan-EA
  • December 2021 – January 2022: Draft Watershed Plan-EA Public review
  • January 2022: Draft Watershed Plan-EA Public Meeting
  • April 2022: Environmental Assessment Published

*All dates are tentative and subject to change


Lower Wood River Watershed

Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to hold a virtual public meeting regarding the Lower Wood River Watershed Improvement Project Work Plan – Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA). A public meeting was held virtually on August 18, 2020.

The Lower Wood River Watershed Improvement Project is located along the Wood River downstream of Riverdale to the confluence with the Platte River and is focusing on benefiting agricultural areas and the communities of Gibbon, Shelton, Wood River, and Alda. The purpose is flood prevention and the first step is a 24-month planning process to identify projects, such as berms, dams, channel cleanout, bridge and culvert improvements, and by-pass channels that will reduce flood damages and protect lives and infrastructure. Once the Plan-EA is approved, the CPNRD will work with NRCS and other funding agencies to move into the design and construction phases.

The Plan-EA is being prepared to fulfill National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) responsibilities pertaining to federal financial assistance received through the NRCS’s Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations (WFPO) Program. Part of this project includes an evaluation of environmental resources and impact considerations, and all information gathered during the public meeting will help guide the planning process.

The Plan-EA is scheduled to be finalized early spring 2022. The CPNRD has retained JEO Consulting Group to assist in developing the plan.


Comments/questions can be submitted to:
Jesse Mintken, Assistant Manager | Central Platte Natural Resources District
215 Kaufman Ave, Grand Island, NE 68803
308-385-6282
mintken@cpnrd.org