Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for reverse osmosis rebate funding?

For point-of-use systems, check out this program offered by the Upper Big Blue NRD.

For whole house systems, utilize this program from the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy.

Questions? Give us a call: 402-362-6601.

What are your hours?

The NRD office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed over the noon hour for lunch). We have a drop box outside of our building for papers and reports that is accessible 24 hours a day, however, we request that you drop off water samples at our main reception area during regular business hours so that we can maintain the highest quality with your materials.

We are closed for most major holidays and occasionally during severe weather events. Our closures will be communicated on our website and social media channels. 

What NRD am I in?

Not sure about which NRD (or NRDs) you operate in? Check out this interactive map from the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts to learn more. 

I'm concerned about my water quality. What can I do?

If your water comes from a private well, we recommend having it tested annually for nitrates and bacteria to make sure it is safe to consume. 

You can bring in a water sample to our office for free testing or request a simple at-home test by calling the office at (402)362-6601 or emailing

I'm in a new phase for regulation. Now what?

If your zone has recently moved to a new phase due to median nitrate levels, you may have questions about how the change affects your operation. You can call the office at (402)362-6601 and ask for Terry Julesgard in the water department, or you can review these management area rules and regulations

Where can I camp?

Camping is permitted at all five of the recreation areas managed by the Upper Big Blue NRD from April to November, but each location offers something a little different. Only two of our recreation areas (Bruce L. Anderson and Pioneer Trails) offer RV hookups, however you are allowed to park an RV and camp at any of our rec areas in designated areas.

All camping is first come, first served. No reservations are accepted.