January Board Meeting

January 14, 2022

Stansell to Present Imagery-Based Fertigation Program to
Central Platte NRD Board on January 27th

(GRAND ISLAND, NE) – Jackson Stansell, Ph.D. student at UNL and CEO of Sentinel Fertigation, will present on the development and implementation of imagery-based fertigation recommendations for more efficient use of nitrogen fertilizer to the Central Platte Natural Resources District’s (CPNRD) Board of Directors monthly meeting.  The presentation will include information about how images are turned into fertigation recommendations, technology performance in on-farm research experiments in Nebraska (including CPNRD) and scaling the technology on the commercial market using software. The board meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at the Central Platte NRD office located at 215 Kaufman Avenue in Grand Island, Nebraska.

-Board Officer Election  The Board will elect a secretary and a treasurer to serve until 2024. In December, the Officer Nominating Committee recommended Marvion Reichert, Elm Creek, for board secretary and Keith Ostermeier, Grand Island, for board treasurer. Board officers may serve two, two-year terms. Deb VanMatre, Gibbon, has served two full terms and is not eligible for re-election as secretary. Keith Ostermeier, Grand Island, has served one term and is eligible for re-election as treasurer.

-Building Committee The committee will make a recommendation to the Board on building a new educational center and office at the Upper Prairie/Silver/Moores Creek Project site northwest of Grand Island, NE.

-Eastern Projects Committee  The committee will review bids for construction on the following dams:
• Box Elder 5A in Buffalo County: channel improvements downstream, dredging around the drawdown, riprap
along the dam face.
• Clear Creek 5 in Polk County: complete replacement of the drawdown with structural elements, riprap along
the dam face, repair of slough in auxiliary spillway, leveling of a low portion of the top of dam.
• Jones 1A in Polk County: replace riser and spillway pipe.
The dam rehabilitations will initiate a long-term plan to replace, update or remove the 40 dams in the District that are nearing their 50-year lifespan.

-Managers Report  Lyndon Vogt, General Manager, will report to the board.

-Violation Report  Luke Zakrzewski, GIS Image Analyst, will report on the number of landowners and producers that irrigated land that wasn’t certified or approved for irrigation through a transfer in 2021. In 2020, there were 45 landowners or producers that irrigated land that wasn’t certified or approved for irrigation through a transfer.

-Water Banking Agreement  The board will review and consider approval on an agreement to create a water bank for use of groundwater for future development. The creation of a “water bank” would allow for managed

development of new uses of water for municipal and industrial uses by the city. The water bank would be administered by the District and would utilize a system for crediting retired ground and surface water uses to be deposited in the water bank and may be later withdrawn (debited) for new water uses by the city.

-Natural Resources Conservation Service  Joe Krolikowski, District Conservationist, and Jacob Kendrick, Resource Conservationist, Central City Field office, will report.

-Nebraska Association of Resources District  Jim Bendfeldt, 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.

-Committee Selection  Directors will sign up for at least two of the Board committees that they plan to serve on in 2022.  A chairman for each committee will be selected by each committee directly after the meeting.

-Upcoming Board Meetings  February 24, March 24, April 28, May 26