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Tuesday
Jan132015

Upper Loup Natural Resources District - Notice of Public Hearing

The Upper Loup NRD will conduct a public hearing on Thursday February 12, 2015 to receive written and oral public testimony in regards to proposed amendments to the Upper Loup NRD Ground Water Management Area Rules and Regulations. The revisions include: variance application fee change to 50 dollars, addition of Rule 9 which covers “complaints” against landowners or operator’s within the District, requirement that all industrial and commercial well applications must provide a hydrological evaluation showing a 20 year potential impact of the withdrawal to water quality and quantity to both ground and surface water users in the District, no high capacity wells to be drilled within 300 feet of an existing active domestic well, flowmeters required on all high capacity wells in sub-district 5 by May 1 of 2017, in sub-district 4 by May 1, 2018 and sub-districts 1-3 by May 1 of 2020, transfer permit fee change to 75.00 dollars per application of 25 acres or less or 3 dollars per acre for applications over 25 acres, the Board reserves the right to approve less than 2500 acres annually at the June Board meeting, a minimum score of 15 (out of 70) will be required on an irrigated acre ranking sheet before the application will be considered for approval, application period for new groundwater irrigated acres shall be during July, August and September, a maximum of 260 irrigated acres per individual, corporation, limited liability company, partnership, or other entity or trust will be allowed per application period for expanded irrigated acres, chemigation permit fee changes are renewal 30 dollars, new and special 60 dollars and emergency 250 dollars, the Board reserves the right to establish a subarea, place a temporary moratorium on new acres in that subarea as well as begin hydrological studies in efforts to prevent any potential groundwater quantity problems.  The hearing will be at 3:00 p.m. CST, at the Upper Loup NRD office, 39252 Highway 2, Thedford, NE  69166.  A full text copy of the amended Ground Water Management Area Rules and Regs is on our website at www.upperloupnrd.org or can be obtained from the Upper Loup NRD, 39252 Highway 2, Thedford, NE  69166 or by calling 308-645-2250.

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