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Public Hearing is Scheduled for Proposed Rule Changes

The Little Blue Natural Resources District will hold a public hearing at the Little Blue NRD Office, 100 East 6th in Davenport, NE on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony on proposed amendments to Groundwater Management Rules and Regulations. The changes would be imposed on the construction of all new high-capacity water wells and include: raising the minimum aquifer score values from 80 points to 100 points, raising the minimum 24-hour test pump requirement from 300 gpm to 400 gpm, and requiring the 24-hour test pump be completed between August 1st and September 30th. A copy of the proposed Rules and Regulations is available from the Little Blue NRD at 1 (402) 364-2145, on the District’s website at www.littlebluenrd.org, or by visiting the office located in Davenport, NE. Handicapped individuals requiring physical or sensory accommodations to participate in the hearing should notify the District Office at least two days in advance of the hearing.

Detailed Proposed Rules & Regulation Changes

LBNRD Seeking Database Specialist

The LBNRD is accepting applications for a Database Specialist.
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Employment Application

Read Important News Release on Flow Meter Installation Deadline

Flow Meter Installation

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

Flow Meter Inspections Scheduled

The District has contracted, for the second year, with Tri City Meters to complete field maintenance to mechanical irrigation flow meters that are three years old or older. The District is split into four maintenance areas and this year the work is focused on Area 2. That area, and the locations of the 819 meters to be serviced, are noted on the map. A notice was sent to the individual meter owner advising them of the program.
The goal is to visit and service the mechanical flow meters every four years. The purpose is to keep the meters up and working and to reduce the requency the meter needs to be pulled and taken into a shop for repair.
Flow Meter Repair Cost Share Form

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.

2017 Spring Static Water Levels Are Available

The Little Blue NRD maintains an observation well network to monitor the rises and declines of static groundwater levels. District Staff recently completed the gathering the spring static water levels of these wells.
View the report

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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