Chemigation is an efficient and easy way to put your chemical onto the field. Many producers in the district use this application method to put fertilizer on as the crop needs it and do so by injecting chemical into their pivot systems to get a uniform distribution of the correct concentration of fertilizer. This can be done in a variety of...Read More
The hardiest of cereals, rye can be seeded later in the fall than other cover crops and still provide benefits such as significant reduction of nitrate leaching and exceptional weed suppression. Rye is the best cool-season option for absorbing unused soil nitrogen. It has a quick-growing fibrous root system that can take up and hold as much as 100...Read More
Brisk Reflects on 40 Years with the NRD

Nancy Brisk came to the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District for the job, but she says it’s the people and the mission of the organization that have kept her there for 40 years. “The work we are doing is very important,” she said.
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After lively debate, two zones of the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District are moving from Phase II management to Phase III management as of January 1, 2022. This change is due to elevated median levels of nitrate in the groundwater in these areas. The Upper Big Blue NRD is divided into 12 groundwater quality Management Zones. The median...Read More
The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District will close the RV pads and tent camping sites at Recharge Lake (York) and Pioneer Trails (Aurora) Recreation Areas for the winter season on Sunday, October 31. However, the day use area, outdoor amphitheater, picnic shelters, hiking and biking trails, playground equipment, boat dock, and boat ramp...Read More

The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District (NRD) hosted a statewide event for forestry professionals September 8 and 9 in York. The event drew more than 20 individuals representing Nebraska’s NRDs and other state agencies to talk about challenges from tree diseases to public education.

Every year Nebraska’s 23 natural resources...Read More

How is water quality being protected and what can be done to improve it in our district? These questions were explored during the annual board of directors tour hosted by the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District on Friday, August 27. The tour featured six sites in Hamilton and York counties where directors met with experts and saw first-hand...Read More
There is construction on 25th and Nebraska Ave that will impact access to our main headquarters building in York for 2 weeks. The only way to get to the NRD office is through the York County Fairgrounds (enter from Nebraska Ave and drive behind the antique tractor building). We are sorry for the inconvenience!

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The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District is offering a new incentive program for producers in portions of the Recharge Lake Watershed, the Beaver Creek Watershed, and some municipal Wellhead Protection Areas. Practices included in this program are cover crops...Read More
The year 2020 was filled with challenges, but it also was a time of renewed enthusiasm for outdoor activities, as evidenced by the record number of people who visited recreation areas managed by Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts for camping, boating, fishing, hiking and more.
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