Little Blue NRD

23 Natural Resources Districts across the state take up the challenge of providing producers with the resources they need to support themselves and their fellow Nebraskans for years to come, and conserving the beauty of the land we occupy.

View our Annual Long Term Plan below 

Where We’re Located

The Little Blue Natural Resources District proudly serves and supports the producers, farmers, and communities in Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Webster, Nuckolls, Thayer, and Jefferson Counties. We’re responsible for helping to maintain 1,539,200 acres of land.

How We’re Funded

Our operations are funded by a variety of sources, including: sale of conservation trees and services, assessment projects (self-supporting rural water systems), state and federal cost-sharing for projects and programs, and various grant programs. The primary source of funds however, are local property taxes.

Little Blue NRD FY 2018 Income

  • Miscellaneous 5.7%
  • Income 6.7%
  • Cash & Investments 21.7%
  • Property Tax 42.6%
  • Property Tax .3%
  • Customer Charges 3.8%
  • Rural Water Income 6.7%
  • Investment Income .1%

Little Blue NRD FY 2018 Expenses

  • Operations 5.9%
  • Personnel 25.5%
  • I & E 1.3%
  • Water Quality 3.5%
  • Rural Water 6.7%
  • Projects 42.7%
  • Programs 9%
  • Capitol .2%
  • Reserves 5.1%

Our Staff

The District employs nine full-time professional staff responsible for carrying out the directives of the Board of Directors. Three full-time and two part-time secretaries as well as one Technician are also employed and serve as District contacts in the five local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offices which lie within the District. The Rural Water Projects employ two part-time employees.

Mike Onnen

General Manager

Mike oversees the general administration of the District as well as personnel management, budget, project development, District planning/policy and Legislative activities.

Donnie Engelhardt 

Assistant Manager

Donnie’s duties include administration of the Groundwater Quality Plan, groundwater quality programs, project development support, planning, budget & finance, livestock waste permits review as well as data management and systems administrator.

Kevin Orvis

Project Manager

Kevin oversees the District’s Water Quantity Management Plan, water meter maintenance, static water levels, new well permits, drainage and surface water and is the Rural Water Projects Manager.

Kent Thompson

 Operations Supervisor

Kent is in charge of the Tree Program, Watershed maintenance, Recreation Area maintenance, Buffer Strip Program, Wildlife Habitat and equipment maintenance.

James Oltmans

Water Resources Technician

Jim is in charge of chemigation, assists with water sampling, ultrasonic meter testing, operator BMP promotion and new meter certification.

Jed Bergen

NRD Technician

Jed assists with chemigation inspections, water sampling, meter maintenance, groundwater department inventory and ultrasonic meter testing.

Kayla Jesse

 Resource Technician

Kayla assists the water department and program supervisor with various duties during the year including water sampling, flow meter and chemigation inspections and tree planting.

Marie Herbek

Administrative Secretary

Marie is the Districts bookkeeper, oversees the audit, is in charge the accounts receivable & payable, Public Water Projects accounts bookkeeping, computer data, website, secretarial and recepetionist.

Mandy Klipp

District Secretary

Mandy’s duties include Receptionist and Secretarial tasks, Records Management, Wellness Program, maintaining mailing lists and producing mailings.

Elysabeth Kierl

Media and Communications Specialist

Elysabeth’s duties include Community Outreach, Social Media, Website Development, Information and Education, Recycling and Conservation Programs.

Dylan Long

Watershed Coordinator

Dylan’s responsibilities are Watershed Plan implementation, groundwater recharge projects, Cost-Share programs, GIS mapping, database assistance and wellhead protection activities.

Alicia Epps

Database Specialist

Alicia isone of two of the District’s Database Specialist. She prepares, compiles and sorts documents for data entry and then enters the data into the Districts database. Alicia also assists with secretarial services.

Angela Hafer

Database Specialist

Angie is one of two of the District’s Database Specialist. She prepares, compiles and sorts documents for data entry and then enters the data into the Districts database. Angie also assists with secretarial services.

Rural Water Projects

Kevin Orvis, Rural Water Manager (402) 364-2145
Bruce Dux, Rural Water Superintendent (402) 300-0523
Paula Schultz, Billing (402) 729-3598

NRCS Field Office Staff

Robin Leichty, Fillmore County – NRCS Secretary
TBD, Clay County – NRCS Secretary
Sylvia Jividen, Fillmore County – NRCS Secretary
Paula Schultz, Jefferson County – NRCS Secretary
Christine Zabokrtsky, Jefferson County – NRCS Technician
Patsy Ord, Nuckolls County – NRCS Secretary
Melanie McPherson, Thayer County – NRCS Secretary
Lynetta Snelling, Webster County – NRCS Secretary