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FUNDS AVAILABLE TO ESTABLISH BUFFER STRIPS

May 28, 2024

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) has funding available through the Nebraska Buffer Strip Program to assist landowners in establishing buffer strips.  A buffer strip provides an area between a stream and crop ground to maximize the filtration of water from rain events allowing suspended sediment and chemicals to drop out before... Read More

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KINDERGARTEN ARBOR DAY PRESENTATIONS

May 28, 2024

Earth Day and Arbor Day are special days set aside to recognize the importance of trees and natural resources. They also provide an ideal opportunity to teach our youth about the value of trees in our lives. Trees are integral to life as we know it, from the food they produce, the shade they provide, the wildlife habitat they create, and the... Read More

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DISTRICT OFFICIALS CONCERNED ABOUT SODBUSTER IMPACTS

May 28, 2024

Land within the Lewis & Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) boundaries has experienced considerable conversion of pasture and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land to row crop. Grassland acres with steep slopes which are broken out and brought into crop production run a high risk for erosion which could lead to sediment problems for... Read More

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THE MONTH OF MAY IS NEBRASKA BIRD MONTH

April 29, 2024

May is Nebraska Bird Month, a unique opportunity for NRDs and the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission (NGPC) to encourage state residents to explore the diverse bird species that call Nebraska home or are passing through. Nebraska offers a rare chance to view over 400 species of birds, with a record of over 454 different kinds of birds setting... Read More

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LEWIS AND CLARK NRD ENCOURAGES PRODUCERS TO USE BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES WHEN APPLYING FERTILIZER

April 29, 2024

After a snowy winter, farmers are heading out to fields preparing for spring planting.  For some, that means tilling and fertilizing fields. When applying fertilizer, knowing what nutrients remain in the soil from last year could save time and money.  If you will be planting corn, sampling for soil nutrient content, especially nitrogen, is... Read More

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LEWIS AND CLARK NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT PROMOTES STEWARDSHIP WEEK

April 29, 2024

The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD), in partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), is celebrating Stewardship Week from April 29 – May 3, 2024, focusing on the theme “May the Forest Be With You, Always” and educating about trees and forests.  

Regardless of where you live, the city, the... Read More

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LEWIS & CLARK NRD AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO AREA SENIORS

March 25, 2024

The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) awarded two Patefield-Green Memorial Scholarships to high school seniors in the 2023-2024 school year. LCNRD provides college scholarship funds to graduates who intend to pursue an agricultural-related career in hopes that they will return and contribute to local communities and to the... Read More

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STILL TIME TO ORDER CONSERVATION TREE SEEDLINGS

March 25, 2024

There is still time to order seedling trees for the spring 2024 conservation tree planting season.  The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) will continue taking orders for tree seedlings through March 31st.  The trees come in bundles of twenty-five seedlings. The price per bundle of tree or shrub seedlings is $32.50 plus sales... Read More

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ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR NATURAL RESOURCES AWARDS

March 25, 2024

Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) is asking the public for nominations for the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) awards program. Annually, NARD presents awards in six categories. These awards acknowledge individuals or organizations who have contributed to or brought awareness of the resources in the state of... Read More

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National Groundwater Awareness Month

February 27, 2024

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) and The Groundwater Foundation (GF) sponsor National Groundwater Awareness across the United States during the month of March. National Groundwater Awareness highlights the responsible development, management, and use of groundwater and is also a platform to encourage yearly water well testing and... Read More

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WINDBREAKS WORKING FOR YOU

February 27, 2024

The first Nebraska settlers realized the value of trees. They planted millions of them on barren homesteads to help fulfill basic needs for protection, building materials, fuel, and food. Planting trees became a Nebraska tradition, and Nebraska proudly became known as “The Tree Planter State.” Today, Nebraskans benefit from the trees planted by... Read More

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LCNRD WELCOMES THE NEW SUBDISTRICT 5 DIRECTOR TO THE BOARD

February 26, 2024

Eleven elected directors guide the Lewis & Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) activities. Directors represent five subdistricts, with two directors serving from each subdistrict and one serving at-large. Directors are elected by the voters living within each subdistrict and serve four-year terms, with 5 to 6 seats up for election... Read More

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LCNRD AMATEUR PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST WINNERS!

January 25, 2024

Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) held the second annual LCNRD Amateur Photography contest, which encouraged residents of the district to get out and capture the natural wonders of the district. Residents were asked to send in photographs representing nature, wildlife, conservation, and/or agriculture. Staff and directors... Read More

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CHEMIGATION APPLICATORS TRAINING 2024

January 25, 2024

The Nebraska Chemigation Act was passed in 1987 to help ensure that the backflow of chemicals would not contaminate the ground and surface waters of the state from irrigation water application systems used to apply crop nutrients and pesticides (chemigation). The law requires producers who plan to apply fertilizer or pesticide through an... Read More

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FALL 2023 DISTRICT WELL MEASUREMENTS

January 25, 2024

The static water level of 34 irrigation wells from selected locations throughout the Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) is measured in the fall and spring each year. The summer of 2023 was the second season of higher than usual irrigation demands and lower than usual rainfall amounts. Many of the... Read More

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NORTHEAST NEBRASKA PRESCRIBED BURN ASSOCIATION RECEIVES LEAD IGNITOR AWARD

December 22, 2023

The Northeast Nebraska Prescribed Burn Association (NNPBA) was recently given the Lead Ignitor Award at the 2023 Prescribed Fire Conference on December 5th in Kearney. The NNPBA was recognized for being a significant supporter of prescribed burning within their community for conserving native grasslands, wildlife, and ranching heritages. Since... Read More

Year in Review

2023 LEWIS AND CLARK NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT – YEAR IN REVIEW

December 22, 2023

In 2023, the Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) board of directors implemented conservation practices, projects, and services in Northeast Nebraska to benefit local natural resources.  LCNRD activities are led by a board of eleven locally elected directors: Carolyn Heine, St. Helena; Russ Schmidt, St Helena; Jeff Steffen,... Read More

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UNL RELEASES UPDATED NITROGEN CALCULATOR FOR CORN GROWERS

December 22, 2023

For the past 50 years, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s nitrogen application calculator has been used by producers to calculate the appropriate amount of nitrogen to apply to their corn crop fields. The calculator aims to help producers understand the 4Rs system when using nitrogen. The 4 Rs include Right source, Right rate, Right placement... Read More

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CAN WINDBREAKS INCREASE CROP YIELD?

November 28, 2023

Windbreaks can serve many purposes in agricultural operations, such as preventing soil erosion,  providing wildlife habitat, and sequestering carbon. Another beneficial attribute of windbreaks is their ability to protect crops and improve crop production.

Wind can have detrimental effects on soil and agricultural crops. Persistent winds... Read More

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PLAN FOR SPRING CONSERVATION TREE PLANTINGS

November 28, 2023

Even though winter is on its way, it is a great time to plan for spring 2024 conservation tree plantings. The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) is taking orders for spring-delivered conservation trees. Trees come in bundles of twenty-five, and the price is $32.50 per bundle plus sales tax. LCNRD continues to carry conservation... Read More

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2023 NACD POSTER CONTEST WINNERS

November 28, 2023

Thank you to all who participated in the 2023 National Association of Conservation District (NACD) Poster Contest sponsored by Lewis & Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD). Three schools, Holy Trinity Elementary, Wynot, and East/West Catholic, participated. There were five entries in the K through 2nd grade competition level, 20 for the... Read More

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Compost tea: Boost microbes to build soil health

November 20, 2023

Knox County Producer, Doug Steffen, is hightlighted for his use of compost extract in his nutrient management plan. Doug was the host for the 2023 Bow Creek Field Day where he demonstrated his process. Check out the article at https://www.farmprogress.com/soil-health/1113f1-1400-slideshow.

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EMERALD ASH BORER

October 23, 2023

What is the Emerald Ash Borer?

Emerald ash borer (EAB) is a beetle native to Asia introduced to Detroit, MI in 2002. It has destroyed tens of millions of true ash species in over 25 states, including Nebraska, forests, windbreaks, and urban trees. Almost 44 million Nebraska ash trees will be lost in the coming years. Many leading EAB... Read More

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EASTERN RED CEDAR MANAGEMENT

October 23, 2023

Eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) is one of 13 juniper species native to the United States. It is the most widespread tree-sized conifer native to every state east of the 100th meridian. First accounts of Nebraska vegetation mention eastern redcedar as a native species, primarily along the steep valley of the Niobrara River in northern... Read More

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ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO SEAL ABANDONED OR UNUSED WELLS

October 23, 2023

The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) provides cost share to seal unused or abandoned irrigation or domestic wells.   If you have a well that is no longer serviceable and needs to be permanently removed, LCNRD can help protect your property and groundwater by having it properly sealed.

Sealing unused wells protects the... Read More

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REMINDER TO IRRIGATORS

September 22, 2023

If you are planning to expand irrigation to acres that have not been previously irrigated, it is important to check with the LCNRD staff before doing so.  LCNRD requires well permits for all high-capacity wells and permits for expanding irrigation to acres that have not been previously irrigated. If the acres proposed for irrigation are steep... Read More

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PRIVATE WELL WATER TESTING

September 22, 2023

Regularly testing the water quality of your private well is important to maintaining a safe and reliable water source. Test results allow you to properly address specific problems with your water supply and ensure the water source is properly protected from potential contamination. Test results are also used to evaluate whether the well is... Read More

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TREE SALES BEGIN!

September 22, 2023

Each spring, the Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) distributes tree seedlings and provides planting services for windbreaks, shelterbelts, and wildlife habitat. Seedling orders are accepted now through March 31st. Planning assistance is available through local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offices for preparing... Read More

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Bow Creek Grazing Workshop

September 11, 2023

The Bow Creek Watershed Project will host a grazing workshop on September 22nd at the Hartington Golf Course. Ralph Tate, a grazing educator, will discuss the principles and benefits of planned grazing and local producers will share their experience with planned grazing on pasture and crop land. RSVP for lunch. No cost to LCNRD producers and ag... Read More

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END OF IRRIGATION SEASON CONSIDERATIONS

August 28, 2023

With the 2023 irrigation season coming to an end, it is a good idea to consider what can be done before next year to make irrigation management more efficient. A few things to consider when turning off your pivots for the year: an end-of-the-year checklist so that the pivot equipment is stored properly and is ready for the spring, any possible... Read More

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LCNRD HOSTS NACD POSTER CONTEST FOR LOCAL STUDENTS

August 28, 2023

The Lewis and Clark Natural Resource District (LCNRD) invites students to participate in a national poster contest sponsored by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and the NACD Auxiliary. NACD, founded in 1946, is a nonprofit organization representing nearly 3,000 conservation districts in 50 states and U.S. territories.... Read More

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IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS

July 25, 2023

Even though we have been graced with a wetter summer than last year, drought conditions still exist across the Lewis & Clark Natural Resources District. Paying close attention to irrigation needs is important to maintain a consistent water supply. Efficient use of irrigation water can improve the maximum economic return from crops and... Read More

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TAKE TIME TO CONSIDER WATER QUALITY

July 25, 2023

August is National Water Quality Month; it was founded in 2005 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and backed by the United Nations. It is an effort to trigger conversations on what we can do in our own households and communities to ensure that we all have access to safe, clean drinking water for generations to come. 

National... Read More

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MANAGING PRIVATE DRINKING WATER WELLS

July 25, 2023

The groundwater from aquifers supply most household water used in Nebraska. Efficient water use and good management practices of water use are necessary to maintain quantity and quality. Groundwater is a renewable resource, replenished mostly by precipitation that infiltrates into the soil and moves through the pore spaces down to the water... Read More

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LCNRD Drought Monitor July 11, 2023 to July 18, 2023

July 20, 2023

This is a snapshot from the last two weeks, and here is a link to the current U.S. Drought Monitor for Nebraska https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?NE.

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Spring 2023 Well Measuring Results

July 3, 2023

The static water levels of 34 irrigation wells located throughout the Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) are measured in the spring and fall each year. Groundwater levels measured this spring indicate that the levels have decreased on an overall comparison by 0.7 feet from the spring of 2022 with 22 of the 34 wells monitored... Read More

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LCNRD SEEKS LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE TO FILL VACANT SUBDISTRICT 5 SEAT

July 3, 2023

The Lewis and Clark Natural Resource District (LCNRD) seeks a local representative to fill a vacant Subdistrict 5 seat through the end of 2024. The seat will then be on the ballot for the 2024 election. Subdistrict 5 encompasses the area from Ponca to Allen and includes the communities of Allen, Martinsburg, Newcastle, Ponca, and Waterbury,... Read More

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NRDs Encourage Well Owners to Address Concerns Early

July 3, 2023

The region has been experiencing lower than average rainfall over the last several months and one heavy irrigation pumping season could result in significant declines in groundwater levels.  Dry conditions lead to increased irrigation use, which puts increased pressure on the groundwater resources of the district, and potentially results in... Read More

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U.S. Drought Monitor- June 13, 2023 to June 20, 2023

June 23, 2023

This is the snapshot from the last two weeks, and here is a link to the Current U.S. Drought Monitor for Nebraska https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?NE.

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U.S. Drought Monitor- May 30, 2023 to June 6, 2023

June 15, 2023

This is the snapshot from the last two weeks, and here is a link to the Current U.S. Drought Monitor for Nebraska https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?NE.

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U.S. Drought Monitor- June 6, 2023 to June 13, 2023

June 15, 2023

This is the snapshot from the last two weeks, and here is a link to the Current U.S. Drought Monitor for Nebraska https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?NE.

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U.S. Drought Monitor- May 23, 2023 to May 30, 2023

June 1, 2023

This is the snapshot from the last two weeks, and here is a link to the Current U.S. Drought Monitor for Nebraska https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?NE.

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Funds Available to Establish Buffer Strips

May 26, 2023

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) has funding available through the Nebraska Buffer Strip Program to assist landowners in establishing buffer strips.  A buffer strip provides an area between a stream and crop ground to maximize the filtration of water from rain events allowing suspended sediment and chemicals to drop out before... Read More

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DROUGHT MONITORING

May 26, 2023

With the cold conditions finally subsiding, farmers have been preparing fields and planting crops for another growing season. Even though there was more precipitation over the winter than in past years, and there have been spring rains, much of the district and state continue to experience drought conditions.

The U.S. Drought Monitor... Read More

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DISTRICT OFFICIALS CONCERNED ABOUT SODBUSTER IMPACTS

May 26, 2023

Land within the Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) boundaries has experienced considerable conversion of pasture and Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land to row crop. Grassland acres with steep slopes which are broken out and brought into crop production run a high risk for erosion which could lead to sediment problems for... Read More

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U.S. Drought Monitor- May 16th, 2023 to May 23rd, 2023

May 26, 2023

This is the snapshot from the last two weeks, and here is a link to the Current U.S. Drought Monitor for Nebraska https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?NE.

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U.S. Drought Monitor: May 9th through May 16th

May 22, 2023

This the snap shot from the last two weeks, and here is a link to the Current U.S. Drought Monitor for Nebraska https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?NE.

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CKRWP PLANS TO SHIFT CONSIDERATION AWAY FROM PROPOSED DOLPHIN TOWNSHIP WELL SITES

May 18, 2023

The Cedar Knox Rural Water Project (CKRWP) Advisory Committee recommended changing consideration of the primary site for the new water source development away from Dolphin Township. The Committee has decided instead to focus on alternative sources that have been previously identified through preliminary engineering studies conducted by Bartlett... Read More

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LEWIS AND CLARK NATURAL RESOURCES DISTRICT PROMOTES STEWARDSHIP WEEK

April 21, 2023

The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD), in partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), is celebrating Stewardship Week from April 30 – May 7, 2023, focusing on the theme “One Water” and educating about watersheds.  

A watershed is an area of land that channels rainfall and snowmelt to... Read More

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THE MONTH OF MAY IS NEBRASKA BIRD MONTH

April 21, 2023

May is Nebraska Bird Month; NRDs and Nebraska Game & Parks Commission (NGPC) are encouraging state residents to get outside and take in all the different kinds of birds that call Nebraska home or are passing through. Within the borders of Nebraska, there is an opportunity to view more than 400 species of birds, with a record of over 454... Read More

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LEWIS AND CLARK NRD ENCOURAGES PRODUCERS TO USE BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES WHEN APPLYING FERTILIZER

April 21, 2023

After a long snowy winter, farmers are heading out to fields preparing for spring planting.  For some, that means tilling and fertilizing fields. When applying fertilizer, knowing what nutrients remain in the soil from last year could save time and money.  If you will be planting corn, sampling for soil nutrient content, especially nitrogen, is... Read More

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LEWIS AND CLARK NRD AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS TO AREA SENIORS

March 20, 2023

The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) awarded two Patefield-Green Memorial Scholarships to high school seniors in the 2022-2023 school year. LCNRD provides college scholarship funds to graduates who intend to pursue an agricultural related career in hopes that they will return and contribute to local communities and to the... Read More

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ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR NATURAL RESOURCES AWARDS

March 20, 2023

Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) is asking the public for nominations for the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) awards program.  Annually NARD presents awards in six categories as listed. These awards acknowledge individuals or organizations who have contributed to or brought awareness of the resources in the... Read More

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WHY PLANT CONSERVATION TREES?

February 22, 2023

The first Nebraska settlers realized the value of trees. They planted millions of trees on barren homesteads to help fulfill their basic needs for protection, building material, fuel, and food. Planting trees became a Nebraska tradition, and Nebraska proudly became known as “The Tree Planter State”.  Today, all Nebraskans benefit from the trees... Read More

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NRCS and NRDs Partner on Dam Assessments

February 22, 2023

LINCOLN, Nebraska – To ensure water infrastructure safety, Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts (NRDs) partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on several dam assessments across the state.

In 2022, nine floodwater reduction dam assessments were completed with four NRDs – Lewis... Read More

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LCNRD BOARD OF DIRECTORS PROVIDE CLARIFICATION TO 180-DAY STAY OF DEVELOPMENT ON HIGH-CAPACITY WELLS

December 22, 2022

The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) enacted a 180-day stay of development on high-capacity wells under the authority of Nebraska Revised Statutes, 46-707, at their regularly scheduled board meeting on November 17, 2022.  The board of directors clarified the language of the stay at their regular... Read More

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LCNRD BOARD OF DIRECTORS ENACTS 180-DAY STAY OF HIGH-CAPACITY WELL DEVELOPMENT

November 22, 2022

The Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District (LCNRD) enacted a 180-day stay of development on high-capacity wells and expansion of irrigated acres effective immediately under the authority of Nebraska Revised Statutes, 46-707 at their regularly scheduled board meeting on November 17, 2022.  The stay was adopted to... Read More

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