More than 56,000 citizens rely on the Upper Big Blue Natural
Resources District (NRD) to provide direction and assistance in
the wise use, conservation and development of our soil, water
and related natural resources. The NRD is dedicated to the
conservation and careful development of natural resources to
serve everyone’s needs.
The NRD system was created in 1972, following Nebraska
legislation which consolidated more than 150 statewide
special-purpose districts into 23 NRDs. The NRDs
correspond to major river basins in Nebraska. Therefore,
NRDs carry the names of these rivers, hence the Upper Big Blue
NRD is named after the uppermost portion of the Big Blue River.
NRDs are organized as governmental subdivisions of the state.
Local control is provided by a board of directors. At the
Upper Big Blue NRD, a 17-member board establishes policy.
These directors are placed in office through the general
election process and represent the community’s interests in
conservation. Across the state, NRDs offer a major source
of assistance to landowners in conservation and natural
resources management. Not only do the board members make
decisions about conservation programs at the District level,
they also bring a wealth of local judgment and experience when
adapting state and national programs to local situations.
The NRD staff is
responsible for the day-to-day operations.
The Board sets policy only.
The NRD staff at York and the field clerks at the Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offices in each county are
responsible for implementing NRD policy and regulations.
A major source of funding for
projects, programs and administration comes from a levy on all
taxable property within the District. Other sources include
federal and state funding, as well as program fees.
Certain projects may also be funded with a portion of other
local, state, private and/or federal revenues. The NRD is
empowered to coordinate land and water management programs with
local, state and federal conservation organizations and other