On August 20, 2020, the Upper Big Blue NRD adopted changes to District Rule 5 – Groundwater Management Area Rules and Regulations. The amended District Rule 5 becomes effective November 1, 2020.  The geographic area affected by the Rule 5 changes includes the entire Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District except an area generally south and...Read More

NRD to support improvements to Geneva landmark

Since the 1900s, residents of Geneva have been enjoying local flora and fauna at a little fishing spot simply dubbed the Boys Pond. Surrounded by benches and bisected by a walking bridge, the 1-acre pond offers several places to quietly cast a line and enjoy the songs of the crickets,...Read More

Matt Lohr, United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) chief, spent time in Nebraska last week to learn more about conservation projects and partnerships in the state. His visit included sites in the Upper Big Blue and Lower Platte North Natural Resources Districts. Lohr visited locations where...Read More

The level of nitrate and other elements associated with negative health outcomes are rising in the soil in the Hastings Wellhead Protection Area, according to a study from Dr. Dan Snow, research professor with the Nebraska Water Center. In 20-30 years, Snow estimates that these...Read More

Interseeder Research Collaboration Makes Cover Crops Accessible for Local Producers

On a hot, dry, and extremely windy day in early June, Neal Hentzen surveys the dryland field on the edge of Seward where his corn is ankle high. The leaves on the plants whip in the wind like green streamers running in long, straight rows from...Read More
Rodney Verhoeff joined the staff  in June as the new assistant general manager. Verhoeff’s resume is impressive, listing more than 15 years of project and program management in government, corporate, academic and non-profit settings. He has worked with Nebraska’s NRDs in a variety of capacities, including...Read More
Operators within a management zone that has been designated a Phase III Management Zone must have their irrigation water tested for nitrates at least once every three years. Presently, Zone 5 is the only management area in Phase III Management. Zone 5 includes Waco, New York, Lockridge, Bradshaw, Beaver, and Leroy townships.

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Expanding agricultural and environmental education opportunities for the next generation of district residents is important to the board of the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District. That’s why they annually award grants and scholarships to teachers and students who are advancing this field of study through the Educational Capital Projects...Read More
The office of the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District will resume normal operations in June, with the public able to enter the office without the need to call ahead for an appointment beginning June 8. Committee and board meetings will resume in-person in June as well.

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NeRAIN is a program that is designed to help citizens be more involved with monitoring the weather across Nebraska. Several hundred volunteers within the program spend a few minutes each day recording precipitation measurements and uploading them to the NeRAIN website. This data can be accessed daily through maps and reports, spanning back to 2004...Read More