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Thursday
Jul062017

Nebraska's Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) Celebrate 45 Years of Protecting Lives, Property and Future

(Lincoln, NE) For 45 years, Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) have been protecting lives, property and future of this beautiful state. July 1, 2017, marks the 45th Anniversary of the creation of the NRD system in Nebraska.  With the local public participation, Nebraska has made monumental progress in all 23 NRDs with soil and water conservation and protection efforts.

 

“Nebraska’s natural resources are precious and need to be protected,” said Jim Bendfeldt, president of the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts. “We commend the public for working with their local NRD to protect the natural resources for future generations.  They need clean water to drink, nutrient-rich soil to grow food to sustain Nebraska’s economic viability.”

 

The Nebraska Legislature enacted Legislative Bill (LB) 1357 in 1969 to combine Nebraska’s 154 special purpose entities into the Natural Resources Districts by July 1972.  The 23 NRDs were organized based on the state’s major river basins. Each District has a publicly-elected board that makes local management decisions to help conserve our valuable natural resources and groundwater. Throughout the decades, the NRDs have worked with landowners to protect natural resources, provided and protected public water supplies, assisted urban and rural areas with flood control, provided recreation opportunities and have planted more than 95 million trees throughout Nebraska.

 

“The Natural Resources Districts are celebrating this amazing milestone,” said Bendfeldt. “Other states are struggling with water and soil management because they do not have a local NRD system to provide opportunities for local citizens to protect natural resources.  Without the NRDs, Nebraska would be in the extremely tough situation we see so many other states dealing with right now. With the NRD system, we have clean water, good soil and wonderful, hardworking people who believe in this state’s success and future.”

 

Here are several facts about the Nebraska’s natural resources as we look back on the last 45 years of success:

 

Groundwater 

  • Nebraska is #1 in irrigated acres while maintaining groundwater levels at pre-developed levels.
  • Nebraska’s center pivot manufacturers work closely with the NRDs and help lead the charge by creating and manufacturing more efficient irrigation systems.
  • Nebraska farmers and ranchers work with the NRD on water quality and quantity management to protect this valuable resource for future generations.
  • Wise management of the water resources also helps Nebraska agriculture lead the nation in several categories.  We are #1 in cattle on feed and commercial red meat production, #2 in ethanol production, #3 in corn production, #5 in soybean production and # 6 in swine production. 
  • Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts work with private landowners to monitor thousands of wells across the state each year for groundwater quality and quantity.

 

Flood Control

  • There are hundreds of effective NRD flood control programs and activities across Nebraska directed at keeping our floodplains safer and reducing the potential for loss of life and property.
  • Districts construct and maintain watershed structures or dams to help reduce the effects of flood damage during large rain events.
  • Levee systems are also operated and maintained by the districts to protect property and lives.
  • By installing this structures, thousands of homes and businesses have been removed from the federal floodplain maps saving those millions in federal flood insurance premiums and liability.

 

Forestry

  • NRDs have planted more than 95 million trees since 1972.
  • Trees shade and shelter homes, reduce energy costs, protect and increase crop yields, reduce soil erosion caused by water and wind, improve water quality, control snow and preserve winter moisture, protect livestock, provide food and cover for wildlife, control noise, capture atmospheric carbon, raise property values, and add beauty to our landscape.
  • Check out http://www.nrdtrees.org for more information on tree planting and species available for purchase by each NRD.

 

Soil

  • NRDs assist landowners to make implement conservation practices to reduce soil erosion, improve soil health and improve surface water quality. 
  • NRDs work with state and federal agencies to modify programs to fit local resources needs. 
  • Best management practices, terraces, waterways, filter strips, and buffer strips all help to improve the quality of surface water in a watershed.

 

Recreation

  • There are over 80 recreation areas across the state run by the NRDs.  These areas include public access lakes, trails, and wildlife areas.  There’s something for every outdoor enthusiast to enjoy! 
  • Please visit http://www.nrdrec.org for more information on the amenities and recreation opportunities in your area!

 

Education

  • The NRDs work closely with the University of Nebraska Research and Extension to help improve farming and ranching practices that save soil, protect grass lands and protect water resources.
  • The NRDs work with local schools, 4-H, FFA and local natural resources science clubs to provide additional natural resources education and information programs. 

 

Visit https://www.nrdnet.org/nrds for more information about local NRDs and programs to protect natural resources.

Visit http://www.nrdstories.org for more information on important individuals critical to the history and formation of the NRDs.

 

 

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The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD), the trade association for Nebraska's 23 natural resources districts, works with individual NRDs to protect lives, protect property, and protect the future of Nebraska’s natural resources. These districts are unique to Nebraska. NRD’s are local government entities with broad responsibilities to protect our natural resources. Major Nebraska river basins form the boundaries of the 23 NRDs, enabling districts to respond best to local conservation and resource management needs. To learn more about Nebraska’s NRDs visit www.nrdnet.org. Or you can head to the Natural Resources Districts’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com or follow NARD’s Twitter page at www.twitter.com @nebnrd. NARD is located at 601 S. 12th St. Suite 201, Lincoln, Nebraska  68508.  Email NARD at nard@nrdnet.org or call NARD at (402) 471-7670.

Thursday
Jun292017

Expansion of Irrigated Acres in the Upper Loup NRD will be Allowed for 2018

The Upper Loup Board of Directors voted at the June Board Meeting to allow up to two thousand five hundred (2,500) acres of new development for year 2018 across the District. Five hundred (500) acres have been allotted to each of the five sub-districts. Landowners must apply for any new irrigated acres on a    District application form. These forms can be downloaded from our website at www.upperloupnrd.org or by calling the office at 308-645-2250 and requesting an application. The application period is July 1, 2017 thru September 30, 2017. An application received outside of an application period will be returned to the applicants as incomplete. A maximum of two hundred and sixty (260) irrigated acres per individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, other entity or trust will be allowed per application period for expanded irrigated acres. A one-time non-refundable administrative fee of seventy-five dollars ($75.00) per application of twenty-five (25) acres or less or three dollars ($3.00) per acre for applications over twenty-five (25) acres must accompany an application. The application form requires: information on the landowner and/or their contact person; field description, an aerial photo depicting the field; and the number of acres of new irrigation requested. A minimum score of fifteen (15) points on the Upper Loup District Irrigated Acre Ranking Sheet is required for an application to be considered for approval. Each application for expansion of irrigated acres will be ranked according to the following criteria: groundwater quality in the vicinity, density of irrigated acres within the vicinity, NRCS soil classification (e.g. Highly Erodible Lands, or HEL), stream proximity, slope, removal of trees and any other criteria and/or considerations deemed relevant by the District. Acres approved for expansion must be certified with the Upper Loup NRD as well as have a flowmeter installed on any new or existing wells prior to any pumping with groundwater.

Tuesday
Apr252017

RENEWING CHEMIGATION PERMITS 

Irrigators who are applying chemicals through irrigation systems and were permitted in 2016 must renew their chemigation permits by June 1st. There is a small fee to renew permits, and permits not in by June 1st will be charged a late fee.

All persons who have chemigation permits on file at the Upper Loup NRD will receive renewal permit applications in the mail shortly. Irrigators can begin chemigating once a renewal permit has been approved. Inspections are required every 3 years for renewal permits.

Anyone planning to apply chemicals through an irrigation system that was not permitted in 2016, must apply for a new permit prior to applying any chemicals this year. New permit applications can be made and returned to the ULNRD office and will require inspection.

Anyone wishing to apply for a permit or needing more information on the chemigation program contact the Upper Loup NRD office at 308-645-2250 or email ulnrd@upperloupnrd.org

Tuesday
Apr252017

LOCAL HIGH SCHOOLERS COMPETE IN NATURAL RESOURCES COMPETITION PUT ON BY NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICTS (NRDs)

The Upper Loup NRD would like to congratulate Mullen High School’s Envirothon Team on qualifying for the state competition. This is Mullen’s first appearance at the State Envirothon. Members include Liddy Vinton, Brittney Emerson, Brodie Baum, Morgan Rice, and Jessica Starr. Team members have interests in soils, range, and aquatics. The team is made up of Mullen FFA members that have experience competing in Agronomy and Range Judging. Good luck Mullen Envirothon Team!

 

(Scottsbluff, NE) Seventy high school students from across Nebraska are preparing to compete in the 25th annual Nebraska Envirothon on Wednesday, April 26th at the Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area in Gering, NE. Media is welcome to attend.

The natural resources competition tests high school students’ knowledge of Nebraska’s natural resources on topics of soil, aquatics, forestry, wildlife, range and policy. The competition also gives students an opportunity to create a proactive plan to solve an agricultural soil and water problem in Nebraska.

The Nebraska Envirothon demonstrates that no matter how young or old you may be, you can always make a difference in protecting people’s lives, property and the future of Nebraska’s natural resources.

“I’m always impressed with the knowledge and insight these students bring to this competition,” said Jim Johnson, Information and Education Committee chairman of the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Board of Directors. “It’s students like these that will make a positive impact in this world as we continue to conserve our natural resources.”

Teams consist of five members. Each team first competed in one of seven regional contests around the state. The winners of each region and the next seven overall highest scoring wildcard teams get the opportunity to compete at the state level. Test questions are not only written, but many require hands-on observations, measurements and calculations at the test sites.

This year there will be 12 schools and 14 teams competing at the State Envirothon. High schools participating are: Southern Valley, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller (SEM), Sidney, Norris, Ord, Concordia Team 1 and Team 2, Pender, St. Paul, Mullen, Burwell, Millard South, Aurora and Arapahoe High School.

The winning team will receive recognition from the NARD Foundation. They will then compete in the NCF Envirothon in July in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

 

The NARD is the annual sponsor of the Nebraska

Envirothon. The winning team receives $1,500 to go to their Envirothon program, second place receives $1,000 and third place receives $500. Each team member on the winning team is also awarded a $500 scholarship by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to be used towards a major in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at the university.

Other sponsors and supporters for this year’s Envirothon include: Smithfields Foods’ Omaha, Lincoln and Crete campuses, FYRA Engineering, Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS), Midwest Laboratories, Nebraska Forest Service, Farm Credit Services of America, Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, HDR, Olsson Associates, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, FFA Foundation and University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources.

Please call Jeanne Dryburgh’s cell or Dave Wolf’s cell on April 26 and April 27 as she won’t be in the office those days. She’ll be at Wildcat Hills Recreation Area at 210615 NE-71, Gering, NE 69341. Again, her cell number is 402-416-5245. Or you can contact Dave Wolf, Public Relations Specialist for the North

Platte Natural Resources District at 308-660-5830.

 

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The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD), the trade association for Nebraska's 23 natural resources districts, works with individual NRDs to protect lives, protect property, and protect the future of Nebraska’s natural resources. These districts are unique to Nebraska. NRD’s are local government entities with broad responsibilities to protect our natural resources. Major Nebraska river basins form the boundaries of the 23 NRDs, enabling districts to respond best to local conservation and resource management needs. To learn more about Nebraska’s NRDs visit www.nrdnet.org. Or you can head to the Natural Resources Districts’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com or follow NARD’s Twitter page at www.twitter.com @nebnrd. NARD is located at 601 S. 12th St. Suite 201, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508. Email NARD at nard@nrdnet.org or call NARD at (402) 471-7670.

Tuesday
Apr252017

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS GET CHANCE FOR ADVENTURE AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION THROUGH ACE CAMP

For Immediate Release

Contact: Desarae Catlett

Phone: (308) 645-2250

Email: ulnrd@upperloupnrd.org

Email: dcatlett@upperloupnrd.org

 

Middle School Students Get Chance for Adventure and Outdoor Education Through ACE Camp

Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts are excited to offer Adventure Camp about the Environment (ACE) again this year. The NRDs are encouraging middle school students interested in the outdoors, to sign up for this educational and action-packed camp.  ACE is for students who have completed 6th, 7th and 8th grades in the 2016-2017 school year.

ACE is hosted at the State 4-H Youth Camp near Halsey, Nebraska, Sunday, June 11th through Wednesday, June 14th.  It’s organized by Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRD).

“The four-day adventure camp gives students an opportunity to dive into many different hands-on activities,” Anna Baum, general manager of the Upper Loup Natural Resources District said. “Each activity educates our youth on Nebraska’s water resources, wildlife, soil types, trees, range and grasslands.”

Students will also learn about the state’s wildlife and why it’s important to protect our natural resources.  ACE Camp gets kids outdoors and excited to explore the beautiful world around them.

Campers will also get the opportunity to go tubing, experience archery, zip line, build water rockets, and much more.  They’ll take home a better awareness of possible careers in natural resources from the professionals who work to conserve them every day.

Fees and registration are $190.00 per camper. Many NRDs offer full-ride scholarships for the four-day camp.  Contact your local Natural Resources District to see if assistance is available.  You’re encouraged to sign up early because space is limited. The registration deadline is May 26, 2017.

ACE is sponsored by Nebraska NRDs and Nebraska Association of Resources Districts Foundation.  Nebraska NRDs and the NARD partnered with several organizations to help make the camp a success including Nebraska National Forest, Bessey Nursery, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Nebraska Forest Service, Nebraska State 4-H Camp, Hooker County Turner Youth Foundation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Services.

To find out more information about ACE or to get a copy of a registration form, contact your local NRD or visit www.nrdnet.org or find us on Facebook at Adventure Camp about the Environment.

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The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD), the trade association for Nebraska's 23 natural resources districts, works with individual NRDs to protect lives, protect property, and protect the future of Nebraska’s natural resources. These districts are unique to Nebraska. NRD’s are local government entities with broad responsibilities to protect our natural resources. Major Nebraska river basins form the boundaries of the 23 NRDs, enabling districts to respond best to local conservation and resource management needs. To learn more about Nebraska’s NRDs visit www.nrdnet.org. Or you can head to the Natural Resources Districts’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com or follow NARD’s Twitter page at www.twitter.com @nebnrd. NARD is located at 601 S. 12th St. Suite 201, Lincoln, Nebraska  68508.  Email NARD at nard@nrdnet.org or call NARD at (402) 471-7670.