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Board of Directors Approve New Well Development Rules

The Little Blue Natural Resources District Board of Directors took action to approve new rules regarding high-capacity irrigation wells at their meeting on November 14, 2017. The changes affect the criteria determining the eligibility for construction of new high-capacity water wells in the District. The new rule raises the minimum aquifer score values derived for well sites from the 2011 Little blue NRD Hdrogeologic Study from 80 points to 100 points. It further raises the minimum 24-hour test pump requirement from 300 gpm to 400 gpm, and requires the 24-hour test pump be completed between August 1st and September 30th. The new rule is intended to protect water supplies in marginal water areas of the District, protect domestic water supplies and reduce conflicts between water users.

The new rule bill become effective on December 13, 2017 at which time the temporary stay on well drilling places on District lands, will be terminated. For more information onthe new rule please see the link below.

Rules and Regualtioan Relating to the Construction of New High-Capacity Water Wells

Groundwater Rules & Regulations Discussion Continues

Several Operator Trainings are Scheduled Across the District

Operator training for all irrigators and dryland farmers is a required componenet of the LBNRD Groundwater Management Plan. All farm operators, whether irrigated or dryland, and those who make day to day land management decisions are required to attend a training before April 1, 2019. Operators are required to attend one training every four years. Call the NRD at 402-364-2145 for more information.

Operator Training Schedule

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-functional flow meter by March 31, 2017.

2017 Fall Static Water Level Results

The District maintains an observation well network to monitor the rises and declines of static groundwater levels, these levels are checked each spring and fall. The results for fall of 2017 are now available.

2017 Fall Static Water Level Report

Stream Gages Installed to Provide Valuable Information

Three Stream gages have been installed at optimum stream flow observation points to give adequate warning to downstream communities of possible flooding events.

More Information on this Project

Read Important News Release on Flow Meter Installation Deadline

Groundwater Rules and Regulations adopted and effective May 12, 2014 requires all high capacity wells which pump over 50 gpm have a functional flow meter installed by March 31, 2017.

District staff are now making field inspections to assure that all wells are equipped with a functional flow meter. Thank you to all who have complied with this rule. If you have questions about how to read your meter, calcualate water use, or how your meter can benefit you in your daily irrigation management strategies, please contact the NRD office.
Groundwater Rules Summary
Flow Meter Fact Sheet

Little Blue NRD Groundwater Rules and Regulations
Visit the Little Blue NRD Flow Meter Page

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. 

LBNRD Newly Revised Groundwater Management Plan

Watershed Management Plan Completed

The Little Blue and Tri Basin NRD's Watershed Management Plan to address water quality and quantity is now complete and available to the public.

ittle Blue River Basin Water Management Plan page

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.
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Permanent Stay Map
District Risk Area Map
Detailed Risk Map (West)
Detailed Risk Map (Central)
Detailed Risk Map (East)

Distict is Conducting Field Inspections on Flow Meters

2017 Long Range Plan

2013 - 2014 Annual Report

2012-2013 Annual Report

2011-2012 Annual Report

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