Upcoming Events

January 2018

1    Office Closed- 
               New Year's Day

11       Board Meeting- 
                ULNRD Office 3 PM CT

15     Office Closed- 
                Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 2018

8       Board Meeting- 
                ULNRD Office 3 PM CT

19    Office Closed- 
                President's Day

March 2018

8       Board Meeting- 
                ULNRD Office 3 PM CT








Domestic Well Owner, Is Your Drinking Water Safe?

A good supply of fresh water is essential to human existence. We use fresh water not only for drinking, but for bathing, growing food, cleaning, watering animals and watering lawns.  In Nebraska about 95 percent of rural residents get their household water supply from private or domestic wells.  If they are not properly protected, these wells are at risk of being contaminated from several sources.  Potential sources of ground water contamination which may be present near your home include septic tanks, animal waste, pesticides, fertilizers, fuel storage tanks, household chemicals, used motor oil, and more.   

The potential for contamination in our area is also increased because of the sandy soil.  The only way you know if nitrates and or bacterial are present in your drinking water is by testing because both are colorless, odorless, and tasteless.  A water test for nitrate is highly recommended for households with infants, pregnant women, nursing mothers, or elderly people, as these groups are most susceptible to nitrates. Coliform bacteria are microscopic, generally harmless organisms that live in the intestinal tract of many warm blooded animals including humans and are excreted into the environment through feces. Although most coliform bacteria are not directly disease causing, some are often found with other, more dangerous strains of bacteria like E. coli, shigella and salmonella. Some strains of E. coli are known to cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other serious gastrointestinal problems.

As of December 31, 2015, the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR) listed 50 domestic wells registered in Grant County.  Domestic wells were not required to be registered with the state prior to September 1993, therefore many domestic wells exist that are not registered with the NDNR.  Unlike public water supplies, the quality of private water sources in Nebraska is unregulated by federal or state mandate.  Thus, well owners are encouraged to have their well water tested and make sure their well is properly maintained to help protect their health and safety.  The potential for water contamination is always present therefore water quality requires long term monitoring.  The Upper Loup NRD recommends that all domestic wells, either registered or unregistered, get tested at least once every five years. 

We are starting year 6 in our cycle which means that we will be testing both registered and non-registered domestic wells in Sub District 1 which includes all of Grant County and the southwest third of Cherry County. We are glad to offer this important safety service to you AT NO CHARGE.  If you would like to ensure your well is on our list or would like to be added to the list please contact our office at 308-645-2250 or email Taylor at




Pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 46-718, the Upper Loup Natural Resources District (District) and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (Department) hereby provide notice that the District and the Department shall hold a public hearing on April 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., at the Upper Loup Natural Resources District Office, 39252 Highway 2, Thedford NE 69166. As required by Neb. Rev. Stat. § 46-718(1), the purpose of the hearing is to take testimony on the proposed District/Department integrated management plan (IMP) and the proposed controls. The geographic area for the proposed IMP and proposed controls encompasses the entire land area that is within the District boundary. A general description of the contents of the sections of the proposed IMP is: 1) Introduction, 2) Map and Description of the Integrated Management Plan Area, 3) Goals and Objectives, 4) Action Items, 5) Incentive Programs, 6) Funding Options, 7) Monitoring Plan and Proposed Studies, 8) Modifications to the Integrated Management Plan, 9) Information Considered in Development of this Plan, and 10) Glossary of Terms.

The proposed groundwater action item (control) for the District is set forth in Section 4 of the IMP and consists of the following action: establish a limit on the expansion of groundwater-irrigated acres.  The proposed surface water action item (control) is also set forth in Section 4 and includes: establish a limit on the expansion of surface water-irrigated acres. Furthermore, Section 4 describes the non-regulatory action items that the District and the Department will take to achieve the goals and objectives of the IMP.

Any interested person may appear at the hearing and present written or oral testimony concerning the proposed IMP and proposed controls. Individuals with disabilities may request auxiliary aids and service necessary for participation by contacting the District or the Department by April 7, 2016. Testimony or other evidence relevant to the purposes of the hearing may also be submitted in writing to the Upper Loup Natural Resources District, 39252 Highway 2, Thedford NE 69166 or to the Department of Natural Resources, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 94676, Lincoln, NE 68509-4676, or by electronic mail to the District at or to the Department at by 5:00 p.m., April 12, 2016.

For further information regarding the proposed IMP and proposed controls or for the full text of the proposed IMP and proposed controls, refer to the District website at or the Department’s website at or contact the District or the Department at the addresses listed above or contact the District at (308) 645-2250 or the Department at (402) 471-2363.

Following the public hearing on the proposed IMP and proposed controls, the District and the Department will consider testimony and make a joint decision within 60 days of whether to implement the proposed IMP with or without modifications and whether to adopt and implement the groundwater and surface water controls proposed in the IMP.


NRD’s to be Featured on NETV Program “Keeping Nebraska Local”

Have you wondered how Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts were established? How NRDs differ across the state?  The NRDs will be featured in an hour-long program to be aired on Nebraska Educational Television (NET). The program will take viewers back to even before the NRDs were created and the struggle that Nebraska faced as soil and nutrients were swept away by the wind.

The program explains what legislators and key water leaders of that time had to overcome to develop the NRDs, how they were formed, and how far they have come to give the public the protection that they deserve. It dives into many different things the NRDs do from groundwater usage, water quality, chemigation, education. It also explains how flood control duels as recreation sites, recycling support for the public, the importance of our Conservation Tree program and much more. The video ends as the NRDs develop integrated management systems and prepare for what Mother Nature will bring us in the future. We have a unique system in place - ready for anything. Nebraska is miles ahead of many other states when it comes to our conservation efforts of our natural resources and we work hard to stay that way. The Natural Resources Districts’ mission is to protect lives, protect property and protect the future for years to come. Please join us in watching Keeping Nebraska Local: A Unique Approach to Resource Management.

The program will air on the following dates: March 24 at 8:00 pm, March 27 at 1:30 pm, and more dates to come in May


Upper Loup NRD Director Filing Period Open 

Natural Resource Districts (NRDs) have local leadership responsibility for protecting groundwater from overuse and pollution; soil conservation; planting trees and wildlife habitat; flood control; improving urban conservation; and recreation. Often, the NRD builds partnerships with other agencies and organizations, including the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, universities, municipalities, counties, and private organizations, in an effort to provide local control and local solutions to natural resources challenges.

The Upper Loup NRD is governed by an 11-member Board of Directors. The district is divided into 5 sub-districts; two board members are elected from each sub-district, and one at-large member is elected. Candidates for sub-district board positions must reside in the sub-district for which they are elected; the at-large board member must reside within the boundaries of the ULNRD. The Board of Directors will appoint an eligible person to fill any unexpired term.  Directors serve four year terms, with half of the Board seats up for election every two years.

The filing period for the Primary Election for Incumbents is now through February 16, 2016. For Non-Incumbents, the filing period is now through March 1, 2016. To file, an individual is required to fill out a Nonpartisan Candidate Filing Form through the Secretary of State. Forms can be found online at and must be mailed to Lincoln. There is no filing fee. The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission C-1 form is not needed. The ULNRD is a lower office, meaning that if you are already on a board you can also serve on the NRD board in addition.

The ULNRD Board of Directors is responsible for aiding in establishing District and conservation policies (NSWCP), rules and regulations, and adopting the necessary budget, in order to fulfill the responsibilities of the District as authorized and required by law.  The day-to-day management as well as helping establish policies, programs, rules and regulations is the General Manager’s responsibility.  Not only do the board members make decisions about conservation programs at the District level, they also bring a wealth of local judgment and experience when adapting state and national programs to local situations. 

The Board holds regularly scheduled monthly meetings on the second Thursday of every month at the NRD office in Thedford. To read more information about the ULNRD, please visit our website at If you have any questions, please contact the ULNRD office at 308-645-2250.


Recycling Update from the ULNRD

From July 1 to September 30, 2015, 41,600 pounds of materials have been recycled through the Upper Loup NRD! This amount of materials has impacted the environment in multiple ways. The illustration below demonstrates the positive outcomes that originated from our recycling efforts. Thank you to the community for your continues support in making our recycling program successful!

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