Water Quality Management Plan

Water Quality Management Plan

Project Overview

Through an agreement with the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE), and the guidance of JEO Consulting Group, the Upper Big Blue NRD completed a Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) to serve as a road map to improve the water resources and water quality within the district. The WQMP utilized a technical advisory committee and a stakeholder advisory group to identify surface water and groundwater quality issues and to select target areas to focus implementation activities.
 
In March 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reviewed and approved the WQMP, enabling the Upper Big Blue NRD to begin implementing the plan’s recommendations. District-wide and target area implementation efforts will address sediment, nutrients, bacteria, and atrazine, primarily through existing programs administered by the district, NRCS, and other partners. These programs will provide technical and financial assistance for identified best management practices to landowners and producers.
 
To initiate the implementation phase, the Upper Big Blue NRD assembled a target area stakeholder group comprised of landowners, producers, and other interests located within the two target areas identified in the WQMP (Beaver Creek and Recharge Lake). This stakeholder group was tasked with identifying and prioritizing implementation practices that would be supported by landowners within the targeted areas. This group's recommendations are found below, along with additional resources on this topic.

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