Upcoming Events

August 2018

9 Board Meeting-

ULNRD Office 7 PM CT

22 ULNRD Jr High Field Day

24    Nebraska State Fair Begins


September 2018

3  Labor Day- Office Closed

11-13 Husker Harvest Days

13    Board Meeting-

ULNRD Office 7 PM CT







New Chemigation Training Dates Posted

The Chemigation training schedule is now available for 2018. Please pre-register for these trainings. 

2018 Chemigation Schedule


Local Student Wins Conservation Poster Contest with Creative Drawing

(Thedford, NE) The Upper Loup Resources District (NRD) is excited to announce the regional winners of the NACD Poster Contest. In the 7-9th grade category, Sandhills Public School student Miriam Ganoung of Halsey is the winner!

This year, the poster contest theme is “Healthy Soils are Full of Life!”. Different grade levels are grouped together from Kindergarten through 12th grade. One winner is selected in every division. Each division is K-1; 2-3;4-6; 7-9; 10-12. Those winners are sent to the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts state competition. The state winners are then selected to compete at the national competition in Greenfield, Indiana.

Typically, teachers bring the poster contest to their classrooms and encourage their students to compete. But if individual students want to participate outside of the classroom, contact your local Natural Resources District for information. All students K – 12 are welcome to compete.


Upper Loup NRD Environmental Responsibility Report



Protecting the Future

Protecting Lives, Protecting Property, Protecting the Future. This statement and Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts go hand in hand.  This week we will be diving into what the Upper Loup NRD does to Protect the Future.

                Marian Wright Edelman says that “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it”. Education is a way the ULNRD is protecting the future. Giving students a passion for the environment and natural resources now will lead to a greater appreciation as they grow into adulthood. The ULNRD has many educational activities available to students of all ages. Adventure Camp About the Environment is a highlight of the summer at the ULNRD! Every June middle schoolers from across the state diverge on the Nebraska State 4-H Camp to learn about all things relating to the environment such as range, water quality, wildlife, soils, recycling, and many more! This year’s camp will be held June 10th-13th! More information about this year’s camp will be available after the first of the year.

                The Upper Loup NRD also will present for any school or community organization at request. Presentations can focus on many different topics from water and wildlife to pollution and recycling. Every year the Upper Loup NRD travels to all local schools to do Arbor Day presentations also. In the fall, all area schools are invited to a Jr. High Field Day here at the office. This year’s field day was held September 6th. We had perfect weather and a great day! Feel free to give us a call if your class or organization would like to come have a tour of our recycling facility or if you would like us to present in your class.

                ULNRD also facilitates boater and hunter safety education classes. Boater Safety classes usually take place in the spring if there is enough interest. Hunter Safety is held in the fall and this year will take place on October 21 and 22 from 1pm to 6pm both days. More information about how to get registered for this class will be available soon.

                Education is the key to the future of our world. Giving children a better understanding and appreciation for our environment will create a bigger interest from them in the future. Our children could be future environmental scientists or wildlife biologists that work to preserve our natural resources. Through education the Upper Loup NRD is working to protect our future.


The Amazing Resource Under Our Feet

Recently everyone has been staring at the sky in amazement at a natural resource we all usually take for granted but what about the one beneath our feet?  Groundwater. The Upper Loup NRD takes great care to protect groundwater quality as well as quantity to make sure there is safe, useable water for the next generation.

            One way the ULNRD protects groundwater quality is by issuing chemigation permits and inspecting all chemigation systems to make sure they are not, in any way, releasing chemicals back into the groundwater. The district also provides cost share to help with well decommissioning to prevent contaminants from entering the groundwater through old unused wells.

The Upper Loup NRD conducts domestic well quality checks to insure the safety of the residents in the district. These checks test for nitrate-nitrogen which is especially harmful to infants, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and the elderly. If you would like your well tested just give us a call at the office. Also by special request, we can test for bacteria such as coliform which causes gastrointestinal problems.

The ULNRD also provides cost share for drip wells to insure no excess oil leaks into the groundwater from over oiling irrigation wells. We are very lucky in our area to have few water quality problems.

            The Upper Loup NRD is also always measuring groundwater quantity in our area. The district has a network of over 100 observation wells to monitor static groundwater level changes. The district is also implementing flow meters on all irrigation wells to help monitor the districts usage to make sure and not overuse the water available to us. Cost share for groundwater moisture sensors are also available to producers in our district.

            Monitoring groundwater levels and trends are one of the factors the Board of Directors reviews when deciding whether to allow new irrigated acres in the district. Acres are only usually approved if there are no significant changes in groundwater levels from previous years use. This year the board has decide to allow new acres for 2018. There will be 2,500 acres available throughout the district. To apply for these acres please call our office or stop in for more info. Applications are due September 31st.

So, while your still in awe from the solar eclipse don’t forget about the immense resource we are so lucky to have beneath our feet here in the Sandhills. And don’t forget the Upper Loup NRD is looking out for that resources safety. For more info contact us at 308-645-2250 or or visit our website!