Board of Directors Meeting Action taken Thursday, September 23, 2021
Drought Mitigation Plan Presented to Central Platte NRD Board
Becky Appleford, JEO Engineering Hazard Mitigation Planner, presented Central Platte Natural Resources District’s Drought Mitigation Plan to the NRD’s board of directors on Thursday. Utilizing historical drought records, JEO developed the Plan as a resource for mitigation and response during periods of drought. Stakeholders and water resources experts provided insight into local vulnerabilities and past drought protocols.
Appleford said the US Drought Monitor is a key tool to defining drought locally. The Plan also incorporates local data from stream gauges, groundwater levels, and upstream snowpacks. The effective response section of the Plan developed protocols to manage water resources during periods of regional drought and how the CPNRD’s water resources will be protected for citizens who struggle to meet water needs during droughts.
The next steps will be to incorporate the Drought Mitigation Plan into the NRD’s management plans such as the Hazard Mitigation Plan, Integrated Management Plan and the Ground Water Management Plan; utilize an extreme events committee; and implement the proposed projects and action items.
-Variance/Appeal A request from a Hamilton County landowner was approved to transfer certified irrigated acres from the Upper Big Blue NRD to the Central Platte NRD.
-Office Building/Educational Center The Building Committee met this month to discuss the proposed project at the Upper Prairie Silver/Moores Creek Flood Reduction Project (PSM) and presented general cost information to the board.
-Long Range Plan The board approved the district’s 2021-2026 Long Range Implementation Plan. The Plan summarizes district activities including projections of financial, manpower and land right needs of the district for the next five years as required under the Nebraska Natural Resources District Act.
-Managers Report Lyndon Vogt, General Manager, gave updates on the following:
Cease and Desist Update Four producers remain out of compliance. Michael Kelliher and William Soll have cease and desists filed. Staff will review infrared photos this fall to decide how to proceed. Kurt Kuhn is currently in compliance but did violate the cease-and-desist order, so a motion for default judgement is being drafted. Mike Munsterman is a repeat offender from 2020. He has not responded to the complaint filed in Hall County District Court in August. A hearing date has not been set. Richard Urban is also a repeat offender from 2020. A complaint was filed in Polk County District Court, that hearing is set for October 6th.
Nebraska Association of Resources District’s Fall Conference One resolution has been submitted for consideration at the NARD conference that attempts to address Executive Order #10048 – “30 x 30 Plan”.
–Director of the Year Ed Kyes, CPNRD Director was selected as Director of the Year and will be recognized at the NARD conference in Kearney next week.
–Grassland Conservation Winner Chris Larson, Lexington, was nominated by CPNRD and was selected to receive the Outstanding Grassland Conservation Award. Larson will be recognized at the NARD Conference.
Census Data Vogt reported that the 2020 Census data is available; however, Central Platte NRD can’t proceed with resub-districting until the Legislature takes action.
Richard Plautz Crane Viewing Deck Vogt reported that 95% of the construction is complete. Morton Construction removed the existing asphalt, tore out and replaced the CMP culverts, and poured the concrete trail and parking lot. Signage and seeding will be completed after the migratory bird season is over as required by Nebraska’s Avain Protection Plan.
Open Staff Position CPNRD’s burn planning specialist position remains open. Interested parties may contact Lyndon Vogt at (308) 385-6282 or email@example.com.
Integrated Water Management Plan Vogt reported that the Platte Basin NRDs (North Platte, South Platte, Central Platte, Twin Platte, Tri-Basin) met with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources to discuss the Robust Review for the Basin-Wide Plan for Joint Integrated Water Resources Management of Over-Appropriated Portions of the Platte River Basin. The geographic area of the Plan is the extent of the Nebraska portion of the Platte River surface water basin beginning at the Nebraska-Wyoming State line and ending at the Kearney Canal Diversion, at Elm Creek. Vogt said CPNRD has already met the NRD’s next trigger goal for 2023.
Flood Planning Updates The board was provided preliminary updates to the Lower Wood River and Elm/Turkey Creeks Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program (WFPO) projects.
-Board Retreat The Board of Directors selected December 14, 2021, to hold their annual retreat.
-Precision Conservation Management Morgan Wrich, Precision Conservation Specialist, reported that she has started meeting with growers and signing them up to implement cover crops post-harvest in Dawson County.
-Natural Resources Conservation Service Joe Krolikowski, District Conservationist, provided a summary of FY 2021 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) activity for each of the field offices in CPNRD:
Central City – 7 contracts – $136,334 – 1,034.7 acres Grand Island – 12 contracts – $305,597 – 1,586.7 acres
Kearney – 9 contracts – $147,839 – 1,616.8 acres Lexington – 20 contracts – $967,289 – 6,713.5 acres
Krolikowski reported that the total for the offices is 48 contracts totaling $1,557,059 to improve 10,952 acres.
-Cost-Share Seven applications for underground pipe, flow meters, brush management, center pivot and cover crops were approved through the Nebraska Soil and Water Conservation and the Central Platte NRD cost-share programs in the amount of 30,349.53.
-Staff Presentations Deb Jarzynka, District Secretary; Marcia Lee, Information/Education Specialist; and Brody Vorderstrasse, Communications Assistant, gave presentations on their staff responsibilities.
-Upcoming Board Meetings October 28, November 18, December 16