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Wednesday
May132015

Upper Loup Natural Resources District Receives Grant from Nebraska Environmental Trust

The Upper Loup Natural Resources District announced that it will receive $103,000 from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Investigating the Spatial and Temporal Characteristics of Groundwater Discharge in the Loup River Basin” project. The Trust Board announced funding for the project at its meeting on April 2, 2015 in Lincoln. This is the first year of award with a potential for 2nd and 3rd year funding totaling $95,000 and $110,000 respectively.

The Upper Loup and Lower Loup Natural Resources Districts requested funds to facilitate the collection of airborne thermal infrared data, purchase of additional instrumentation to measure and record groundwater levels and temperature, and to oversee a study to enhance the understanding of spatial and temporal characteristics of groundwater/surface-water interaction in the Loup River basin. Additional information is needed for the management and development of water resources to sustain supplies needed for agriculture, fish and wildlife, recreation, and domestic uses.

Streams in the Loup River basin are sensitive to consumptive groundwater use because of the close hydrologic connection between groundwater and surface water. Four stream reaches, totaling approximately 320 river miles, have been identified by the project sponsors as priority streams where additional groundwater/surface-water interaction information is needed. Over these reaches airborne thermal imagery will be collected and used to map stream surface temperatures to identify thermal anomalies, which may be indicative of focused groundwater discharge. Airborne thermal data will be verified with continuous water-temperature logging at existing stream-gaging stations and with self-logging thermistors.

Mapped thermal anomalies will be investigated with a variety of techniques including water temperature, potentiomanometer, and seepage meter measurements. Within four stream reaches, four coupled groundwater/surface-water gages will be instrumented at existing stream-gaging stations. Coupled groundwater/surface-water gages consist of a streamgage coupled with an observation well that has been completed below the elevation of the streambed and instrumented with a water-level recorder. The information provided by a network of coupled gaging stations will allow scientists and managers to analyze streamflow and groundwater discharge patterns, both temporally and spatially.

Tuesday
Apr212015

Registration Open for 2015 ACE Camp

Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts are excited to offer Adventure Camp about the Environment (ACE) again this year! The NRDs are encouraging middle school students interested in the outdoors, to sign up for this educational and action-packed camp.  ACE is for students who have completed 6th, 7th and 8th grades in the 2014-2015 school year.

ACE is hosted at the State 4-H Youth Camp near Halsey, Nebraska, Sunday, June 14th through Wednesday, June 17th.  It is organized by Nebraska Natural Resources Districts (NRDs).

The four-day adventure camp gives students an opportunity to dive into many different hands-on activities. Each activity educates our youth on Nebraska’s water resources, different soil types, trees in the forest, and range and grasslands. Students will also learn about the state’s wildlife and why it’s important to protect our natural resources.  ACE Camp gets kids outdoors and excited to explore the beautiful world around them.

That’s not all! Campers may be seen grinning ear to ear after experiencing other adventurous activities such as tubing, archery, zip line, water rockets, and the legendary water slide!  Campers will get to learn about possible careers in the area of natural resources from the professionals who work to conserve them every day.

Fees and registration are $190.00 per camper. The Upper Loup NRD offers five full scholarships to cover the cost of camp for students who live within in the district boundaries.  For more information contact the NRD office at 308-645-2250, or you can find the ACE brochure and a scholarship application on our website at www.upperloupnrd.org/camps-scholarships/ Please sign up early because space is limited. The registration deadline is May 31, 2015.

ACE is sponsored by Nebraska NRDs and Nebraska Association of Resources Districts Foundation.  Nebraska NRDs and the NARD partnered with several organizations to help make the camp a success including Nebraska National Forest, Bessey Nursery, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, Nebraska Forest Service, Nebraska State 4-H Camp, Hooker County Turner Youth Foundation, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Services.

Tuesday
Jan132015

Groundwater Rules and Regulations Updates

A full copy of the proposed Groundwater Rules and Regulations will be posted on our website by the middle of January.  Here is a summary of the changes to Upper Loup NRD’s current rules and regs which the public hearing will be on in February:

  • Variance application fee increase to 50 dollars
  • Addition of Rule 9 which covers “complaints” against landowners or operator’s within the District
  • The 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 will be allowed to be drilled within 300 feet from an existing active domestic well
  • Flowmeters will be 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 increase to
  • The Board reserves the right to approve less than 2500 acres annually at the June Board meeting
  • A minimum score of 15 points (out of 70) will be required on an irrigated acre ranking sheet before the application will be considered for approval
  • Application period to apply for new groundwater irrigated acres shall be during the months of 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 - renewal 30 dollars, new 60 dollars, special 60.00 dollars and emergency 250 dollars
  • The Board reserves the right to establish a subarea, place a temporary moratorium on new acres in that area as well as begin hydrological studies in efforts to prevent any potential groundwater quantity problems
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.

Monday
Sep152014

New No-Till Drill Prices

There are many positive benefits of using a No-till drill such as increasing soil health, reducing runoff contaminant in surface waters, as well as reduced labor and fuel thus increasing net farm income.  The Upper Loup NRD is happy that it can provide two No-Till Drills—one 10 foot drill and one 20 foot for producers to use.  Due to the increased repairs that the NRD has had to perform, it is now policy that the drills will all be delivered by NRD personnel only starting November 1, 2014

New delivery rates are: $35.00 for deliveries 0-20 miles (one way) from the office, $55.00 for deliveries 21-60 miles (one way) from the office and for deliveries greater than 60 miles (one way) from the office the charge is $70.00.  Drill rental rates for the 10 foot drill for crop seed are $8.00 per acre plus tax. For the 10 foot drill for flower seed is a minimum of $75.00 or 12.5 acres at the $8.00 per ace plus tax. The 20 foot drill rents for $14.00 per acre plus tax.  If you have any questions or would like to rent the drill please contact Taylor at our office at 308-645-2250.