There are 10 communities located within the BGMA: Bazile Mills, Brunswick, Creighton, Foster, Orchard, Osmond, Plainview, Royal, Wausa, and Winnetoon. Below is some insight into how nitrates are affecting the communities and what is being done about the issue.
Three citizen advisory meetings have been scheduled in the Bazile Groundwater Management Area. The goal of these meetings is to have everyone who lives, works or farm within the Bazile Groundwater Management Area that includes the communities of Brunswick, Bazile Mills, Creighton, Foster, Orchard, Osmond, Plainveiw, Royal, Wausa and Winnetoon. These meetings are an opportunity to voice your opinion and concerns regarding the groundwater contamination issue. The goal is to develop a group of citizens who are interested and committed to lead the charge in working towards a solution.
Meeting Locations and Dates
The Bazile Groundwater Management Area Community Meetings scheduled to be held in Creighton and Osmond have been rescheduled for December 8th. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Free nitrate testing will be available on site. Bring a water sample in a small, clean bottle and determine the nitrate level in your well.
Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.
Questions contact the Lower Elkhorn NRD 402-371-7313.
Water System Details: Village of Bazile Mills - Connected to the City of Creighton
Water System Details: Village of Brunswick
Water System Details: City of Creighton
In 1993, to reduce nitrate levels in the town's drinking water, the City of Creighton installed a $1.3 million dollar reverse osmosis treatment system. Creighton was the first community in the state of Nebraska to install a reverse osmosis system to treat the drinking water.
In October 2019, Creighton Water Commissioner Kevin Sonnichsen presented "Municipal Water in Creighton Nebraska" at the Nebraska Water Center's 2019 Nebraska Water Conference held in Norfolk.
Water System Details: Village of Orchard
Water System Details: City of Osmond
Know Your Well
In 2018 students at Osmond began participation in the Know Your Well program through the University of Nebraska Lincoln and funded by a Nebraska Environmental Trust Grant.
““Know Your Well” is a Nebraska Environmental Trust-funded project training high school students how to sample and test well water quality. This project runs between 2017 and 2020 and expects to connect with 16 schools across Nebraska. Students will compare their results with tests conducted at the University of Nebraska Water Sciences Laboratory. Over 300 private wells will eventually be tested for nitrate, nitrite, metals, pesticides, and coliform bacteria. Students collect land use and other data to help determine vulnerability to contamination. Well owners are supplied with test results and provided with information to help them evaluate their water quality. “Know Your Well” is helping well owners and future water scientists in Nebraska know more about ground water in our state.” Excerpt from: https://knowyourwell.unl.edu/
Water System Details: City of Plainview
Water System Details: Village of Royal
Water System Details: Village of Wausa
In 2015 the Bazile Groundwater Management Area Project Group installed a rain garden at the library in Wausa as an urban demonstration site. Rain gardens are designed to make the most of rainwater when the water is available for conservation.
Installation in Summer 2015 Summer 2019
Water System Details: Village of Winnetoon - Connected to West Knox Rural Water District
Also located within the BGMA is the West Knox Rural Water System. The water system is located within and operated by the Lower Niobrara NRD. The system began operation in 1985 and currently supplies water to Verdigre, Winnetoon as well as 244 rural customers.