The Natural Resource Report can be heard every Wednesday at 4:17pm. You will hear the latest from cooperating Natural Resource Districts: Middle Republican, Upper Republican, Lower Republican, Tri-Basin, Central Platte, and Little Blue NRD's. For more information on any of the 23 Natural Resource Districts in Nebraska go here!
My name is Marcia Lee of the Central Platte Natural Resources District in Grand Island Nebraska, and this is.. the Natural Resources Report.
Have you seen Central Platte NRD’s new website? You can find it at: www.cpnrd.org. Let us know what you think about it. The updated website is a tool for you to use whether you’re a landowner, producer, or interested in the other programs and projects that Central Platte NRD provides.
While you’re visiting cpnrd.org, there are two new additions that will be very helpful to irrigators. The first is a link to our Certified Acres & Transfers website at: cpnrd.gisworkshop.com. This certified acres website has also been overhauled and improved to provide a more user-friendly experience. It now allows permanent groundwater right transfers to be processed in a much timelier fashion; and if you’re considering transferring water rights, there are new tools to determine where a transfer is possible before setting up an appointment with NRD staff.
The last new link that you’ll want to visit on cpnrd.org is the new Crop Reporting Form. Producers in Central Platte NRD’s Phase II and III Groundwater Management Areas will now fill out their annual forms online. This form allows producers to log in throughout the year to record their test results and actual yields, print their fertilizer recommendations, and print any of their own past records.
The Central Platte board and staff are excited to provide these new tools.
Thank you for listening. This is Marcia Lee, keeping you informed about your natural resources and the way NRDs protect lives, protect property and protect the future.
It’s that time of year. This week marks the beginning of the NRDs Conservation Tree sales!
As many of you know, the NRDs provide seedlings to landowners at a minimal cost to help establish or improve windbreaks. Since there are twenty-three natural resources districts in the state, each NRD sells the seedlings that will grow best in their area. Orders may be placed from November 1st to April 1st and will be available for spring planting.
Here in the Central Platte NRD, we have over thirty varieties to choose from- including: deciduous, conifers and shrubs. So you may ask- what is our minimal cost? At Central Platte, the cost of twenty-five seedlings is seventeen dollars and fifty cents; or you could order one hundred seedlings for seventy dollars. And if you order before December 31st, then you’ll receive ten percent off of your entire order for seedlings, NRD planting service, and even weed barrier fabric.
And we also offer small acreage packages of 50 seedlings for specific plantings. We have a flowering package, wildlife package and both eastern and western Nebraska packages at only forty-two dollars per package.
John Thorburn, Tri-Basin NRD, with this week's NRD Update.
Natural resources districts are often singled out by scholars and politicians as examples of successful locally controlled resources management, with locally elected boards of directors developing natural resources management plans and regulations that are tailored to local conditions. That is certainly the case, but NRDs don’t work in total isolation from one another.
NRDs are also usually organized based on river basin boundaries. Tri-Basin NRD is unusual among NRDs because we have portions of the Platte, Republican and Little Blue River basins within our district. Local control is important to us, but we need to coordinate our management of shared water resources with neighboring NRDs. Just last night, during the Tri-Basin NRD October board meeting, directors approved a water management plan for the Little Blue River Basin. This plan was developed in cooperation with Little Blue NRD. It is intended to provide the foundation for future planning efforts, particularly an integrated management plan for the basin that will protect both streams and the groundwater that supplies them. The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and members of the public will also participate in development of this next basin-wide plan. Coordinating management efforts between districts is a key to insuring that water resources are effectively protected for future generations.