Flow Meter Installation Schedule
New Groundwater Rules and Regulations became effective May 12, 2014 which requires all high capacity wells which pump over 50 gpm have a flow meter installed.
The following schedule of installation was adopted:
Northeast quarter section must be metered by December 31, 2014
Northwest quarter section must be metered by September 30, 2015
Southwest quarter section must be metered by June 30, 2016
Southeast quarter section must be metered by March 31, 2017
Groundwater Rules Summary
Flow Meter Fact Sheet
Little Blue NRD Groundwater Rules and Regulations
Visit the Little Blue NRD Flow Meter Page
Notice on Certificaton of Irrigated Acres
The Little Blue NRD Board of Directors took action on February 14, 2017 to delay the deadline for certifying irrigated acres. The new deadline is January 1, 2019. District staff will continue mailing certification forms and taking appointments to help producers certfy their acres. We thank you for your cooperation and assistance in this matter. There are no limitations on the addition of irrigated acres at this time. All active high-capacity irrigation wells must still be equipped with a fully-funnctional flow meter by March 31, 2017.
Profit and Efficiency Sessions Scheduled for this Winter
Profit and Efficiencey Sessions are scheduled which will meet the Operator Training requirements, a part of the District's Groundwater Rules and Regulations.
See a list of the sessions dates, topics and locations for this fall and winter at various locations throughout the District.
Tree Orders Are Being Accepted for Spring Delivery
Now is the time to place your order for trees to plant this coming spring.
For a field or yard windbreak planting plan contact your local NRCS office or our office.
To order trees to plant in yourself use this Tree Order Form.
Visit the Tree Program web page for more information
Fall Static Water Levels Are Available
District staff completed collecting water levels the last of October. The 2016 levels were lower than last year's by an average of -0.23 feet. Units 1, 2,& 3 were markedly lower than that, while the rest of the Units recorded a rise. The declines from last fall in Adams, Webser, and Clay counties are assuredly related to, or rather the lack of, rainfall duing the growing season this summer.
View the Water Levels Map
NRD Initiates Meter Maintenance Program
The Little Blue NRD is initiating a maintenance program for irrigation flow meters. For the fall of 2016 Tri City Meters from Alda Nebraska will be contracted to do the work. The map shows the area, and locates the meters, that will be pulled from the pipe, have the bearing housing re-greased, and then re-installed with a new pipe gasket. The contacts for the specific meters will be notified with more specific information about the program soon. The work is to be completed between September and December of this year.
The board has also adopted a cost share program to assist with repairs that will be needed to keep the meters working. There is a program outline available for review, but basically monies are available with 50% assistance for each meter repaired, up to a $300 maximum cost share for each meter. Each producer is eligible for up to $1000 per year for meter repairs.
Although any ag business that works with wells, pivots, or discharge piping can likely help with getting meters installed and keeping them operable, there are currently only three companies the District is aware of that do the actual repairs. Those would be McCrometer/Great Plains in Aurora, Tri City Metes in Alda, and the Little Blue NRD in Davenport.
Emeral Ash Borer Beetle is in Nebraska
The Emerald Ash Borer beetle was discovered in Nebraska in 2016. This beetle is known to devastate the Ash tree community. Find out more on what you need to know and do by watching this video if you have an Ash tree.
Watershed Management Plan Completed
Stay Placed on Well Drilling in Poor Aquifer Areas
Action was taken by the Board of Directors that placed a "stay" on the drilling of high-capacity irrigation wells in the "Aquifers Less Than 10 Feet" areas of the District.
Read the entire article
Permanent Stay Map
District Risk Area Map
Detailed Risk Map (West)
Detailed Risk Map (Central)
Detailed Risk Map (East)