Upcoming Events

March 2018

8       Board Meeting- 
                ULNRD Office 3 PM CT

12       Soil Moisture Workshop- 

April 2018

12       Board Meeting- 
                ULNRD Office 3 PM CT

May 2018

28     Memorial Day- Office Closed








ULNRD and NDEQ Helping Local Groups Vamp Up Recycling Efforts

Upper Loup NRD is happy to announce they were awarded a grant in the amount of $4,701.00 from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s Litter Reduction and Recycling Grant Program.  This grant program provides funds annually to Nebraska project in three areas: public education, cleanup, and recycling.  The funds awarded to the Upper Loup NRD will be used to build upon our existing recycling efforts.

The NRD believes by placing several event recycling containers in more accessible locations patron participation will increase, thus the amount of recyclable materials collected increasing as well.  Event collection bins will be placed at district school football fields, school gymnasiums, county fair buildings, and a few will be stored here at the NRD that can be checked out by any group requesting them. The containers are made of steel and recyclable materials.  They are portable, fold up easy for storage, have tops that are made for cans and bottles, and will hold clear bags.  We hope that with this type of lid and bag that people won’t be tossing random garbage into the containers but only the correct type of materials.  Two sizes of containers will be purchased. Large containers, that hold two 30 gallon bags, will be placed at the football fields and county fair buildings.  Small containers, that hold one 13 gallon bag, will be placed throughout the stands of the school gyms.

The general benefits of recycling are well known, energy savings, improved water, air and land quality, economic savings, reduction in overall solid waste, etc.  The NRD feels by making recycling options more accessible and easier for district residents the overall reduction of solid waste will be achieved.  Now we need our residents to do their part and simply toss those recyclables in the appropriate container!


Fantastic Plastic

In today's consumer world, plastic is everywhere—from plentiful stores of bottled water to disposable plasticware to the containers that hold our store-bought food. It seems like you can't go out shopping without running into a good deal of plastic. And while this material is strong, reliable, and undoubtedly useful, we also may have way too much of the stuff that isn't being reused. Recycling plastic uses much less energy than creating new plastic, and it conserves our valuable resources. Despite this, however, only about a third of our material that could be recycled actually is. Among younger generations, the problem of our overconsumption of plastic has been prevalent for as long as some can remember, and yet little has changed or progressed in alleviating the problem. Statistically, people in the Millennial generation (today's high schoolers, college students, and young adults) are much less likely to properly recycle plastic and other materials than those in older generations. If you're of student or Millennial age, take a look at the following infographic—the reality is that younger generations need to start getting serious about recycling, or the future will be robbed of some very valuable resources.

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Assistance for Drought Issues

2012 will be a year we all remember due to the drought related hardships for many families, communities, farms and ranches.  And the history of drought in Nebraska as well as the forecasts for the next several months suggests that this drought may not be a single year event.

 UNL Extension has a faculty team assisting Nebraskans with many difficult decisions resulting from drought such as alternative feed supplies, managing higher food costs, and reducing water use in agriculture and urban green space. US Senator Mike Johanns was briefed by representatives of this team on the drought earlier this year. “We had some of the best people in the university system around the table giving me this briefing,” Johanns said. “And I was so pleased by the quality of the people that were there in their understanding of row crop problems, range problems, just the whole gamut of drought issues, and I think whatever we can do to support those people and build that capacity will pay huge, huge dividends for our state in the future.”



37 Certify at Hunter Safety Course

Thanks to volunteer Dane Petersen, 37 participants were able to attend and complete the Hunter Safety class held October 1-2 at the ULNRD office in Thedford. Participants came from several communities that included: Brewster, Ogallala, Valentine, Mullen, Dunning,  Whitman, North Platte, Thedford, Crookston, Kilgore, Purdum, Stapleton, Brownlee, Arnold, and McCook. Firearm Safety Education is a program ensuring that safe, respectful and responsible hunters participate in the sport of hunting in Nebraska.  Proof of completion of this course is required for everyone 12 years of age and older, or born on or after January 1,1977 who hunts any game animal or game bird in Nebraska using a firearm or crossbow.



ULNRD Improves Recycling Program with Baling Facility

The ULNRD received a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust to improve and increase recycling initiatives for the Upper Loup District. Upon implementing the existing recycling program of collecting recyclable materials of aluminum, plastics, tin, and paper, the ULNRD had been strongly urged to collect cardboard by constituents to help further reduce solid waste that is being sent to the landfill. The overall goal for this project is twofold. One is to meet the expressed desires of the NRD’s residents and two, to establish a means of making the current recycling program sustainable. Funding was used to construct a new building and loading dock. The building is located on District property which will be used to bale cardboard and paper, tin and aluminum. Throughout the last three years the recycling program has seen much success. Recycling trailers have been placed in the communities of Dunning, Halsey, Hyannis, Mullen, Seneca, Thedford, as well as taking over the transportation of Stapleton’s trailer. The program has increased the types of materials it collects, the ULNRD now collect plastics number 1-7, tin, aluminum, paper, and cardboard (limited sites).