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


October 2018

8         Columbus Day- ULNRD Office Closed

11        Board Meeting- Gudmundsen Research Center, Whitman, NE @ 2pm CT

13-14   Hunter's Safety Course







Seventh Year of ACE Camp, Yet Another Success

     This year marked the seventh annual Adventure Camp about the Environment (ACE). The camp was held from Sunday, June 12th through Wednesday, June 15th at the 4-H Camp in Halsey. A total of 41 campers traveled from all over the state to attend camp, with 13 of them returning for a second or even a third year! This year, 12 NRD’s across the state were represented, including two for the first time: Lower Elkhorn NRD and Upper Elkhorn NRD.
     The campers had the opportunity to learn through hands-on activities about Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts, energy, wetlands, water quality, forestry, soils, range, wildlife, fishing, GPS, and careers in natural resources. Activities included building and testing solar cars, searching for aquatic creatures in the Middle Loup River, painting with soils, and finding geocaches with a GPS. Some of the presenters came from NRD’s close by, while others came from all over the state to help teach the campers, including employees from USDA-Natural Resouces Conservation Services, Pheasants Forever, and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
      Many sponsors continue to help make ACE Camp successful from year to year. The main sponsors every year are Nebraska's NRDs and the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts Foundation. Other sponsors that help make camp successful are the Nebraska National Forest, Nebraska State 4-H Camp, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and the Hooker County Turner Youth Initiative.


Important Information about Irrigated Acres

Upon evaluation of the District's static water levels, stream depletion information and the Department of Natural Resources INSIGHT data, the Upper Loup NRD's Board of Directors has decided to NOT allow any new irrigated acres anywhere within the District for 2017.



 The Upper Loup NRD will conduct a public hearing at the office 39252 Hwy. 2, Thedford, NE on June 9th, 2016 beginning at 7:30 pm CT. The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony on revisions to the Erosion and Sediment Control Program of the District which include: definitions for excess erosion, erosion and sediment control plan, additions to non-agricultural land disturbing activities and soil-loss tolerance levels, authority to cause immediate discontinuance of activity which causes damage to neighboring property, eliminated mandate for cost-share for compliance practices, and established new soil-loss tolerance levels.

Copies of the proposed Rules and Regulations are available by contacting or visiting the Upper Loup NRD office in Thedford at (308)645-2250, or here
Erosion and Sediment Control Program - ULNRD - Proposed Rules and Regulations




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.