​Census Data Drives District Map Updates

​Census Data Drives District Map Updates

Friday, December 10, 2021
While the boundaries of the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District as a whole have not changed, the subdistricts within the NRD’s boundaries have shifted slightly. These changes were adopted by the Board of Directors of the Upper Big Blue NRD on November 18 and were made effective immediately.

The district, which represents all or part of nine counties in southeast Nebraska, is broken into eight subdistricts. The population base served by the Upper Big Blue NRD is approximately 56,000 people spread across 41 communities, including Rising City in the north, Milford to the east, Milligan in the south, and a portion of Hastings in the west. The board of directors is composed of two residents of each of these subdistricts, plus one “at-large” representative. The update of the subdistrict lines was an effort to make sure that each subdistrict had a similar population base (about 7,000 residents).

Typically, subdistrict boundaries are evaluated every ten years in response to new census data. The recent updates do not necessitate changes to the current board of directors, as the shifting of subdistrict boundaries did not change the eligibility of any directors presently serving.

The board of directors are elected from across the district to protect and conserve a wide array of natural resources within the district. Each director is elected to serve a four-year term, with no term limits. Directors in the same subdistrict are elected in alternate election years to preserve the continuity of the board. Board members set policy for the district and work closely with the staff through a committee system to carry out the district’s responsibilities. 

Major Nebraska river basins form the boundaries of the state's 23 natural resources district, each of which is governed by a locally elected board of directors. To learn more about the board of directors for the Upper Big Blue NRD or see the new subdistrict maps, visit www.upperbigblue.org/board.