HASTINGS, Neb. — Two years removed from Nebraska's devastating floods, Hastings leaders gather to look at the unique hazards in the community.

If the water surges, Ron Pughes wants to be ready. The Adams County emergency management director said if a flood project northwest of the city failed it could be deadly.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN 10/11 News) -The state’s natural resources districts have an urgent message to Nebraskans as the state’s tree canopy number are declining due to extreme weather.

Over the last decade 18% of canopy trees in Nebraska have been taken out due to extreme weather, diseases and invasive insects according to the Nebraska...Read More
Are you dreaming of fresh-picked garden produce? Organizing your seed packets? Itching to get your hands dirty? Watching the weather and speculating about the growing season ahead? If so, the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District invites you to grab your garden gloves and sunhat, and reserve your plot at the Project GROW community garden in...Read More
Source: UNL Extension 

Chemigators have two options to be certified in 2021 including online self-study or in-person trainings. Check when your chemigation applicator certification expires to make sure you need to take the training again,...Read More
Each year, the Upper Big Blue NRD selects two recipients and one alternate for the Burke Scholarship, which supports those pursuing careers in natural resources. These scholarships are used for tuition at a Nebraska college or university where the student is enrolled full-time in a two- or four-year degree program in a natural resources related...Read More
The M&M’s Team, a group of producers and an extension educator from the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District, earned one of the top awards for the sprinkler corn competition in the 2020 Testing Ag Performance Solutions (TAPS) program. The group made up of Jerry Stahr, Jenny Rees, Ron Makovicka and Stuart Spader won the Highest Input Use...Read More
Growers in the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District will have an extra opportunity to learn useful info and earn certification for nitrogen use this spring. The NRD has added an additional training event on Thursday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Holthus Convention Center (York).

Each year the NRD offers several training dates in...Read More

NRD Receives Award from Regional Wetlands Organization

Nebraska's wetlands are a valuable resource when it comes to protecting groundwater quality and quantity. They also provide habitat for millions of birds and other wildlife each year. The Rainwater Basin Joint Venture (RWBJV) promotes the health of...Read More

Three new members took the oath of office to join the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District board of directors on Thursday, January 14. Newly elected members included Rodney Grotz, a farmer from York representing sub-district 7; ...Read More
Irrigation water use was down in the 2020 growing season in the district, according to Marie Krausnick, NRD water department manager. Despite some parts of the district experiencing lower than average in-season rainfall, the average irrigation use was 5.7” per acre. Based on historic water use data, the average water use is closer to 6.6” per acre...Read More